Once you are scheduled for surgery with Dr. Correa he and his staff will give you his specific preparation instructions well before your surgery date. The information contained on this page is in addition to his instructions and is focused on making your admission and discharge experience as seamless as possible.
Preparing for surgery
Follow any instructions given to you by Dr. Correa. Additionally, do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your surgery. This includes water, mints and gum.
If you smoke, you will have specific instructions from Dr. Correa regarding the necessity of avoiding smoking for a certain period before and after the surgery. While Dr. Correa encourages all patients to quit smoking for life, it is imperative to at least quit smoking before and after surgery to ensure your best possible outcome. You are investing a great amount of time and resources for this operation, therefore, it is best to do everything possible to ensure the best possible result. With this in mind, please follow the specific instructions provided.
If you take medications or supplements on a regular basis, these will all be reviewed to make sure nothing will interfere with surgery (e.g. blood thinners). For the medications that you will continue around the time of surgery, take with just enough water to enable you to swallow.
Please ensure you arrive on time. It is a good idea to add 15 minutes to your anticipated transit time to allow for parking.
Once admitted you will be taken to the changing area and given a surgical gown. You will be given a secure area to store your personal effects, but it is a good practice to leave valuable jewelry, watches, etc., at home.
Please remove any and all piercings, makeup, nail polish, wigs, false eyelashes, contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures. It is useful to bring a container to store these personal items.
You will be brought to the preparation area where a nurse will take your temperature, blood pressure and ask a few questions concerning your health. The anesthesiologist will speak to you about the anesthesia your physician has recommended for your surgery.
All of your questions will be answered to your satisfaction so you feel confident that you will be well taken care of during your stay with us. We are completely focused on your safety and comfort.
Day of surgery
Ensure you have a responsible adult available to accompany you home when you are discharged. You will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours following your procedure, so your companion will need to be able to drive. Please bring a photo ID and a copy of your insurance cards on the day of surgery.
Your family or friends are welcome to accompany you. There is a comfortable waiting area with Wi-Fi and coffee available. If a restaurant is needed, there are many choices in the area. Alternatively, food can be ordered and delivered to the center. Parking is conveniently located.
The day before your surgery you will receive a call from our center to ensure you are ready for your surgery and to answer any questions you may have. If we aren’t able to reach you, please call us at 281.419.9119.
After your surgery, you will be monitored by our medical team until you have fully recovered from the procedure. Your caregivers can join you once you are ready for visitors.
When the nursing staff feels you have recovered enough to go home, you will be given a copy of Dr. Correa’s discharge instructions. We will ensure your caregiver is able to drive you home or if desired, we can arrange for a taxi when you are ready to leave. As discussed earlier, you will need to have a responsible adult with you for 24 hours following surgery. If you have come alone, we will arrange for you to recover in a comfortable private care facility.
Take only the medication that your primary care doctor and Dr. Correa have prescribed following your surgery. If you are on prescription medication, you will already have your specific instructions on taking this medication in relation to your surgical medications.
Do not drive or take alcohol for 24 hours following your surgery. Overall, follow your discharge instructions which are for your safety and well-being.
If you have any questions or experience any problems, call the center or your primary care doctor. Obviously, if there are any troubling complications and you cannot reach your physician immediately, call 911. Rest more than usual for several days following surgery. Ensure you refrain from strenuous work or exercise until cleared to do so by Dr. Correa. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 281.419.9119. We want you to have a pleasant, safe surgery, whether you are undergoing rhinoplasty, breast augmentation or a different kind of procedure.