HERNIA INSTITUTE OF PENNSYLVANIA
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IMPORTANT!!!-PLEASE CALL THE DAY SURGERY UNIT ONE DAY PRIOR TO YOUR SURGERY, -to confirm your appointment time (time required for your arrival at registration).
For surgery scheduled at: This will be generally 1-2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. We will discuss any special needs, review your medical history, perform a physical examination and answer any questions you may have regarding your surgery. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, please call on the Friday before that date. If the day before surgery is a Holiday, please call 2 days in advance.

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ARE YOU CLEARED FOR SURGERY?

Most patients tolerate surgery for repair of their hernias extremely well and formal "clearance" for surgery by their primary physician is not usually necessary. For patients traveling from outside of the North Penn area, all "pre-surgical" blood tests, and EKG or Chest Xray if needed, will be performed on the day of surgery and results obtained prior to going to surgery. You will need to arrive at
ABINGTON HEALTH, LANSDALE HOSPITAL about 1-2 hours in advance of your scheduled surgery time.
Patients with chronic medical problems, who are currently under the active care of a physician may be requested to obtain a "Medical Clearance", along with any specific recommendations from their personal physician prior to the surgery date. This includes such illnesses as any heart or lung disease, Diabetes Mellitus or High Blood Pressure, etc. This is to assure your medical safety during your care here. Please call our office for further information and specific instructions (215)368-1122. Also, if you have a history of heart problems (at any age), are over 50 years of age, or have long-standing Diabetes or lung disease, an Electrocardiogram (EKG) will be required by the Department of Anesthesia upon admission. Under these circumstances, comparison with a previous EKG may be necessary. Please obtain a copy of your most recent EKG, performed within the last 6 months, from your personal physician and forward a copy of this EKG to our office with your forms. This is required in order to proceed with surgery as scheduled. This prior EKG will be used by Anesthesia to compare with a "new" EKG taken upon your admission. If you have a very recent Electrocardiogram (within the past month), please forward a copy to us. A new or repeat EKG will not be necessary. Call us if you have any questions on this requirement (215-368-1122) or send an E Mail.
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THE DAY of YOUR SURGERY

  • Full written instructions will also be given to you upon discharge, and additional verbal instruction will be provide by your surgeon.
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    LETTER the DEPT. of ANESTHESIA
    Dear Patient: Our Anesthesiology Associates look forward to participating in your care during your upcoming surgery both safely and comfortably. To do so effectively, we will need your assistance. By completing this Pre Anesthesia Evaluation-History (previous form), important information necessary for your care will be obtained. If necessary, we will contact you or your family physician to determine if additional information is needed. On the day of surgery, you will meet the Anesthesiologist and the Registered Nurse Anesthetist who are providing your care. You will be examined and your anesthesia care will be discussed. Ample time for questions will be provided.
    We generally ask that you not eat or drink anything after midnight before surgery. However, healthy individuals of all ages with no history of Hiatal Hernia, Gastric Reflux or severe heartburn, who are not pregnant, not more than 20 pounds overweight, and who are not diabetic may have the following up to six (6) hours before arrival for surgery:
    Water
    Black Coffee or Clear Tea
    Soda or Clear Fruit Juices (without pulp)
    All other patients should adhere to the "Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery" recommendation. In addition, babies may be breast-fed up to four (4) hours, or given formula up to six (6) hours before surgery.
    IMPORTANT NOTE
    Many of your regular medications may be taken with a sip of water on the morning of surgery. Herbal medications however should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to your surgery date.
    -Blood thinning medication (ie: COUMADIN) must be stopped 5-7 days before surgery unless specifically instructed otherwise by your surgeon.
    -ASPIRIN and any Aspirin containing products likewise must be stopped for 1 week before hernia surgery.
    NOTE-The Following medications should not be taken on the day of surgery:
    -Diruetics or Water Pills (ie Lasix, HydroDiuril, HCTZ etc.)
    -Diabetes Medications (discuss your need for Diabetes Medication with your surgeon before surgery.) Lastly, if you have any questions that need to be addressed with your Anesthesiologist before surgery, please call us at:
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    Abington Health, Lansdale Hospital: 215-773-9564 or 215-773-9514 during regular business hours. PRIVACY POLICY -PLEASE READ CAREFULLY (Print copy for your records if desired) I have carefully read and fully understand the above information (4 pages), including the Privacy Policy of the North Penn Hernia Institute and agree to comply with all instructions.
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