Baptist Tipton Surgical Services

We realize that you have a choice when it comes to your healthcare. We appreciate that you have chosen Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton for your surgical needs. Your well-being is our concern so we are providing these instructions to help you prepare for your upcoming surgery.

Surgery Patient Preoperative Instructions

When you come to the hospital for surgery, please bring:

  • All paperwork from the doctor's office
  • List of all your medications and their doses
  • Your medical insurance card and a photo ID such as a driver's license
  • If you have a living will or durable power of attorney (Advanced Directives), please bring copies

Preparing for Surgery

NPO instructions

Adults: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery

  • No clear liquids up to eight (8) hours before surgery; clear liquids include clear apple juice, sugar water, water, 7-up, Jell-O, and balanced salt solution (including sports drinks)
  • No solid food up to eight (8) hours before surgery; solid foods include regular food, milk, juice, vegetable juice, gum, and candy.
  • No tobacco products for eight (8) hours before surgery; this includes regular cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.
  • You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, but do NOT swallow.

If you have further questions please call the hospital surgery department at 901-475-5450 to speak with a nurse, who will be happy to assist in getting ready for your surgery.

Instructions about leading-to and including the day of surgery

  • Drink extra fluids throughout the day before your surgery prior to midnight unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Refain from drinking alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that opens in the front. No jewelry. No contacts.
  • Bathe or shower before coming to the hospital.
  • You must be absent from any upper respiratory infections and fever free for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to surgery date.
  • Be sure you have a driver to take you home after surgery.

Medications to take and to hold

  • Only take the medications your doctor/anesthesia said were necessary prior to your procedure.
  • Some medications cannot be taken before surgery. For, example diabetes medications such as Metformin should be held the morning of surgery.
  • Some medications require a patient to stop them a certain amount of time prior to surgery.
  • All blood-thinning medications, such as Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin, etc. should be discontinued at least 7 days prior to the date of your surgery.
  • All non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin, Aleve, Celebrex, etc. should be discontinued at least 7 days prior to the date of your surgery.
  • Weight loss drugs such as phentermine should be discontinued at least 7 days prior to the date of your surgery.

Please call your surgeon's office if you are unsure about your medications.

  • Some medications need to be taken prior to surgery with A SIP OF WATER.
  • Blood pressure medications such as metoprolol should be taken the morning of surgery.
  • Thyroid medications such as Synthroid should be taken the morning of surgery.
  • Seizure medications such as Keppra should be taken the morning of surgery.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton

1995 Highway 51 South
Covington, TN 38019



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