If you are scheduled for surgery, you will find the information listed here most useful. It contains pre-operative, pre-screening, and intra-operative instructions.
GENERAL PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
- You will be informed about your pre-operative laboratory examinations and cardiopulmonary clearance schedule. Please coordinate closely with our staff if you wish to move the tests and CP clearance to an earlier or later date.
- If you have your laboratory examinations performed within the building, the results will be forwarded to our clinic, unless otherwise specified. If you wish to have the examination performed elsewhere, kindly bring all the results with you on the day of your cardiopulmonary clearance with the internist.
- Do not use aspirin products or Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for 10 days prior to surgery unless approved by your physician. If you wish , you may use Tylenol or any non-aspirin type product.
- The night before surgery, have nothing to eat or drink after midnight, unless otherwise specified. In the morning, if you have medications to take, you may do so with a small sip of water. If you are a diabetic, please discuss with the physician what medication you should take before surgery. Please make arrangements for someone to be with you following surgery. You may only be released to a responsible adult.
- Please do not schedule anything for the rest of the day.
- If you have any questions or are uncomfortable about your surgery, please call prior to the surgery date.
The entire surgical experience with our eye surgeons has been designed to help patients and their families be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. This "patient first, family friendly" approach is at the heart of the surgery experience. An important part of Ophthalmic Consultants Philippines Co.'s low stress approach to cataract surgery is the maintenance of familiar routines. In most cases, people do not have to miss meals or medications prior to surgery. Once they arrive at the surgery center, helpful and friendly staff greets them. Another reassuring aspect of the surgical experience is the introduction of calming music during surgery. The patient has a choice of classical, new age, nature, or instrumental jazz music.
Thanks to recent developments in anesthesia, eye surgery is a painless experience. Our anesthesiologist will ensure your comfort during the operation and will discuss this with you on the day of surgery. Three kinds of anesthesia are used by our eye surgeons -- topical anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and general anesthesia.
- Topical anesthesia is very popular with most people because no needles are required. Instead, topical anesthesia simply uses drops which numb the eye. No eye patches are needed, and people usually notice improved vision immediately after surgery.
- Regional anesthesia involves gently injecting numbing medications into the tissues around the eye. Regional anesthesia gradually wears off after the surgery. The eye is patched overnight and people begin to notice their improved vision by the next day.
- General anesthesia is reserved for children, the elderly, the deaf, individuals with seizure and/or muscle contraction/relaxation disorders, as well as, highly anxious and uncooperative individuals.
- There are advantages to each kind of anesthesia, so the specific needs of each surgery patient will be carefully considered by the anesthesiologist and surgeon in selecting the most suitable method of anesthesia.
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