Pre-Surgery Instructions

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The Week Before Surgery

Please review each and every one of your medications with your medical doctor and your surgeon, including: all over-the-counter supplements, NSAIDs (Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, aspirin) that should be stopped or to continue prior to surgery.

The Night Before Surgery

  • You will receive a call after 3:00 pm informing you of the arrival time to the hospital. If we are unable to reach you, we will be calling you back again after 6:00 pm.
  • If by 8:00 pm you have not received a call, please call 732-828-3000 extension 35680. After 9:30 pm, please call extension 5783.
  • Remember to do your Hibiclens shower the night before and morning of surgery.
  • Sleep in fresh pajamas and fresh sheets.

After Midnight

  • No solid foods, no milk, no milk products, no orange juice, and no smoking after midnight.
  • For non-diabetics Please consume ENSURE preop drink – 2 drinks the night before and one drink on the morning of surgery before leaving the house.
    • Refrigerate the preop drinks, it tastes much better when cold.
  • Diabetic patients are to drink 10oz of a low or zero sugar clear electrolyte drink such as G2, ZERO Gatorade or Pedialyte before leaving the house the day of surgery

Learn more information about the Ensure Pre-surgery Clear Carbohydrate drinks

Allowable Clear Liquids on the Day of Surgery

  • Clear Juices – apple, cranberry or grape
  • Coffee or tea (without cream or milk)
  • Water
  • Clear sports drinks or soft drinks – ginger ale, lemon-lime soda or club soda (no cola or root beer)
  • Clear broth or consommé
  • Ice popsicles (no popsicles with pureed fruit or fiber)
  • Flavored gelatin without fruit
  • Pre-Surgery clear carbohydrate drink (if given to you in Preadmission Admission Testing)

Clear Liquids NOT allowed on the day of surgery:

  • Dairy products – milk, milk products, hot cocoa, buttermilk, cream
  • Beverages containing alcohol
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Juices containing pulp – orange juice, prune juice
  • Protein shakes, Ensure nutrition shakes


The Day of Surgery

  • Take all the medications as per your doctor’s instruction.
  • Leave all valuables at home including all rings, body piercing and watches.
  • Leave all your medications at home. Please bring a list of your medications with you.
  • Please do not wear contact lenses.
  • Do not wear any perfume, colognes or lotions.
  • You must bring your insurance information and a picture ID.
  • You must have a responsible adult (18 years or older) to drive you home the day of surgery. A cab ride home is only acceptable if are accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • View the hospital’s current visitors policy.
  • Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing and comfortable rubber soled shoes.
  • Main entrance address: 180 Somerset Street, New Brunswick NJ, 08901.
  • There is valet parking available at the main entrance from 5:00am – 5:00pm.


  • Parking is available in the patient parking lot on Little Albany Street. Once inside the parking garage take the elevator to the 1st floor. The information desk will be directly in front of you, ask to be directed to Same Day Surgery, located on the first floor in the Core Pavilion.
  • Bring your parking ticket with you to be validated for a discounted parking.

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