Have questions?

Phone: 847-367-8100
Fax: 847-367-8335

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual daily medication?
We will give you specific instructions regarding which medications to take before surgery and which medications should be held.  Diabetic medications will be individualized, so specific instructions will be given prior to surgery.  You will be contacted before your surgery leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners.  Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
You must have a responsible adult to drive you home following your procedure. Patients are required to have one family member/guest accompany them to their procedure and to stay at the facility from the time of admission to the time of discharge. Two family members are permitted to accompany a patient to the facility, but only one may enter our clinical areas with the patient. No children under the age of 18 should accompany a patient to the facility. Patients who are aged 17 and under must have an adult parent or guardian accompany them.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?

We will individualize each patient’s care.