PRE-INJECTION INSTRUCTIONS

If you're scheduled for a procedure with us, please review the critical information below that you must know beforehand.  

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME ON THE DAY OF MY PROCEDURE?
  • Driver's License/Picture ID
  • Insurance Card
  • Co-Pay

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE?
  • Someone will need to drive you home. So, do come with a family member or friend.
  • Arrive at the surgery center one hour prior to your procedure.
  • Shower/bathe and brush your teeth as usual the morning of. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • Please inform us immediately if there's a change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, or flu symptoms, or if there is a chance of you being pregnant.
  • Plan on a light day after the procedure.

SHOULD I STOP ANY MEDICATION?
  • Dr. Johal will advise you on what medications to stop prior to your procedure and when to resume.
  • Please inform us if you're taking blood thinners (e.g., Plavix or Coumadin) or anti-platelet medication. Some blood thinners must be discontinued before your procedure. Please do consult your physician that prescribes your blood thinners prior to stopping any medication.
  • If you take blood pressure medication, continue on your normal schedule.
  • If you're diabetic and your procedure is in the morning, please do not take your medication. Bring it with you to the procedure.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW FOR DISCHARGE?
  • Plan on a light day.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Johal.
  • Use ice to lessen the soreness at the injection site for the first 24 hours, and then apply heat as needed.
  • You may engage in moderate activity. However, please do not drive a car or perform strenuous activity until your arms and legs regain full strength (may take as long as 8 hours).

DO I HAVE TO FAST?
  • While most patients elect light sedation, you do have the option to opt-out.
  • If you are receiving sedation, you must fast. See section on fasting guidelines below.
  • If you are not receiving sedation, you do not have to fast.

IF I AM FASTING, WHAT DO I DO?

It's critical that you fast prior to your procedure to ensure that your stomach is empty. If you do not adhere to the fasting guidelines, your procedure maybe canceled or delayed.

CLEAR LIQUIDS
STOP 2 HOURS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE
Clear liquids include water, glucose water, fruit juices without pulp, carbonated beverages, clear tea, and black coffee. Clear liquids do not include alcohol, orange juice, or milk.

MILK
STOP 6 HOURS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE
Cow milk, soy milk, rice milk, etc.

LIGHT MEAL
STOP 6 HOURS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE
A light meal consists of toast and a beverage (i.e., water, fruit juices without pulp (e.g., apple juice), carbonated beverages, tea or coffee with creamer. The light meal should not include meat, any fried or fatty foods, alcohol, mints, gum, or candies.

REGULAR MEAL
STOP 8 HOURS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE
This meal can include meat and fatty foods. However, the less complex the meal (i.e., no fatty foods or meat), the lower the risk of complications. Do not have any mints, gum, or candies during the eight-hour fasting period.


WHERE CAN I CALL IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
  • Please call us at 732-887-2004.