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Preparing for Surgery

The Day Of 

Thank you for choosing to have your procedure or surgery at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beverly Hospital, or Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers. The information below outlines what you should and should not do in the weeks and days leading up to your appointment.  On THE DAY OF and AFTER your surgery or procedure

• Do remove and leave at home all piercings and replace with plastic holders.
• Do remove and leave at home all jewelry - including wedding bands.
• Do shower the morning of your surgery or procedure.
• Do brush your teeth. 

You should continue to take with a sip of water or use as directed:
• Eye drops for glaucoma
• Beta-blocker, blood pressure and cholesterol medications
• Medicines or inhalers for asthma or emphysema
• Medicines for hiatal hernia, gastric reflux, or GERD
• Any anticonvulsants or chronic pain medications 

Remember to bring with you:
• A family member or friend to drive you home
• A completed Outpatient Medication List.
• A picture ID of yourself.
• Any eye drops for glaucoma.
• Any medicines or inhalers for asthma or emphysema


• Do not have any candy, cough drops, breath mints or chewing gum on the day of surgery.
• Do not take a bath.
• Do not wear any deodorant, powder, hairspray, lotion or make-up.
• Do not bring any valuables with you.


• Do not take any vitamins, minerals, potassium supplements, calcium supplements or over-the-counter medicines.
• Do not take oral diabetes medications (glipizide, glyburide, metformin, rosiglitazone, Actos, Glucotrol, Avandia, Glucophage, etc.). 

• Do not drive for 24 hours.
• Do not drive while taking narcotic pain medications.


Any Questions? Call Us.

Addison Gilbert Hospital
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA  01930
978.283.4001, ext. 254
Time to call: 12 to 2 p.m. 

Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA  01915
Time to call: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
480 Maple Street
Danvers, MA   01923
Time to call: 1 to 3 p.m.


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