You can't wear deodorant during surgery because it can leave a residue on your skin that's difficult to remove. This residue might make it challenging for the surgeon to cut through the incision site or accurately assess your skin circulation during surgery.
Makeup, perfume and hairspray should not be worn the day of surgery. Bathing, creams, lotions, deodorants. Please shower or bathe the night before your surgery. Your surgeon may request bathing with a special soap; please follow their instructions.
Why can't I wear deodorant to surgery? Deodorants can have alcohol in them. We use a diathermy machine which can make a little spark, and we really don't want to have an explosion because there's alcohol in your armpit.
Please also avoid using body emollients, oils, creams, deodorant, make-up, and lotions after washing and using your skin prep. Some products may decrease the effects of your antibacterial soap and shower. By following these simple steps we can help reduce your surgical infection risks.
Almost all perfumes contain alcohol. During surgery, surgeons often use cauterization equipment and other electric or electronic devices that may give a spark and could catch fire. If alcohol-based perfume was on the skin, the fire would spread across the skin, causing widespread burns.
Avoid wearing acrylic nails or nail polish – this is where the pulse oximeter is usually placed to measure oxygen levels in your blood, and it sometimes does not work as well when you wear finger nail polish. If you forget to take it off, the surgery team can find another location on the body to monitor oxygen levels.
Small pieces of sticking tape are commonly used to keep the eyelids fully closed during the anaesthetic. This has been shown to reduce the chance of a corneal abrasion occurring. 1,2 However, bruising of the eyelid can occur when the tape is removed, especially if you have thin skin and bruise easily.
Removing hair from surgical areas became entrenched decades ago because it was thought that hair harbored bacteria that could infect the surgical wound. Shaving with a razor is the most common form of hair removal.
It is very important to clean your skin before surgery to reduce the risk of infection. For your health and safety, you are required to shower twice before surgery using a surgical detergent. You must have a shower the night before, and the morning of your surgery.
Urinary catheters are often used during surgery, as you can't control your bladder while under anesthesia. For this purpose, a foley catheter is typically placed prior to surgery and keeps the bladder empty throughout.
Hair: Many hair products and hair pieces contain highly flammable products. Your safety is our first priority. That's why we require that you wash your hair the night before or the morning of surgery using only shampoo and conditioner. DO NOT use any other hair products after washing.
Only light make-up should be worn, with no make-up around the eyes. All nail polish should be removed prior to surgery, including polish on toenails. Patients with long hair should not wear metal hair pins or barrettes.
Can I wear acrylic nails or nail polish into surgery? During surgery, your oxygen levels will be monitored and one of the most common ways of doing this is using a probe placed on your finger. Nail polish and acrylic nails can interfere with this, so you may be asked to remove the polish or acrylics before you arrive.
Compression stockings are used after surgery to prevent blood clots developing in the leg, which is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
If you have food or fluid in your stomach while under anesthesia, you could vomit. You could aspirate the vomit into your lungs. The best way to stop this from happening is to make sure your stomach is empty before surgery.
You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with a small sip of water, but do not swallow any of it. If you have been told to take medicine the day of surgery, take them with just a small sip of water. Stop smoking for at least twenty-four (24) hours before surgery.
Once you register for your procedure at the facility, the surgical team will ask you to remove your clothes and put on your hospital gown. You may want to bring a backpack or small bag to store your clothes in.
Do not shave or wax any area on your body for a week before surgery (legs, bikini, underarms, etc.). Shaving can nick the skin and increase the risk of wound infection.
Nurses, anesthesiologists, and other members of surgical teams typically start their shift around 6:30-7 a.m. This means they switch shifts right around the 3 p.m. mark—often in the middle of surgery. Unfortunately, these shift changes can lead to miscommunications or important information getting lost in translation.
“Prepping” a patient for surgery usually involves shaving areas where incisions are to be made. Some surgeons believe it is important to remove anything that might obstruct their view. Others see shaving as a way to eliminate bacteria that cling to the hair and can contaminate the surgical site.
What if I have my period while I'm in the hospital? Don't worry – It's okay if you have your period the day of your surgery or while you are in the hospital! This will not cause your surgery to be rescheduled. Most likely you won't be allowed to wear a tampon while in surgery.
Nope! You do not need to shave before a gynecologist appointment (or any doctor's appointment!). Your doctor doesn't care how you care for your pubic hair, because it isn't a health or hygiene concern. They've seen it all, and how you style (or don't style) your pubic hair probably won't even register.
After the procedure
When the surgery is complete, the anesthesiologist reverses the medications to wake you up. You'll slowly wake either in the operating room or the recovery room. You'll probably feel groggy and a little confused when you first wake.
If during your surgery there's any indication that you are waking up or becoming aware, your surgical team will increase your level of sedation to achieve the desired effect. You'll also be monitored for signs of overdose. If this happens, your sedation may be reduced or even reversed.
Do you stop breathing during general anesthesia? No. After you're unconscious, your anesthesiologist places a breathing tube in your mouth and nose to make sure you maintain proper breathing during the procedure.