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What happens on the day of the robotic surgery?

Before surgery we usually check your general condition by doing physical exams and different tests such as blood tests, X-rays, electrocardiogram (ECG), etc. and you will undergo a few preparatory steps. You will wear the hospital gown and you will have an intravenous (IV) line started to keep you hydrated and that’s the way you get the special medication to put you to sleep and other medication as well used during surgery such as antibiotics.

Preparing for surgery

  • 30 days before surgery you should stop smoking to reduce the risk of pneumonia and other complications during the operation.
  • 10 days before surgery you should stop any kind of herbal medications.
  • 7 days before surgery you are asked to stop any kind of pain medication that can thin your blood. Please ask your doctor about your remaining options on painkillers.
  • 2 days before surgery you may be asked to start a liquid diet including fresh juices and water. It is not applied to all the cases. Consult your doctor about the details.
  • 1 day before surgery you may need a bowel cleansing.
  • 8 hours before surgery you are asked to stop eating and drinking especially if you will have general anesthesia. Your doctor will let you know what special medication to use to prepare for surgery. Please have just small sips of water with them.

If you are using a CPAP breathing machine, please bring it with you to use it in the hospital.

Instructions for the day of the surgery

You can have a tube introduced to your throat for anesthesia and to help you breathe during operation while you sleep. You will have a catheter tube introduced up to your bladder to drain urine. We might also use a sequential compression device around your legs to avoid deep vein thrombosis.

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