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Preparing for Surgery

Scheduled at:

  • Treasure Valley Hospital, 8800 Emerald St., Boise, ID 83704
    Ph: 208-373-5000
  • St. Alphonsus Day Surgery Center, N7 Entrance, 1055 N Curtis Rd
    Ph: 208-367-2121

Time of Arrival:

  • Our surgery schedule is arranged from youngest to oldest. Our office will call you the night before surgery with your check in time.
  • Insurance approval: Our office will contact your insurance company regarding the physician charges. Someone from our office with let you know when surgery is authorized.
  • It is the patient’s responsibility to contact the facility regarding hospital and anesthesia charges.
  • Pick up all post op medications prior to surgery

You will receive a call from the surgery center one day before your surgery to confirm your arrival time and review your health history. The ENT clinic staff may provide you with an estimated surgery time; please note this time may change.

What to Bring:

  • Photo ID and insurance card.
  • A responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
  • No more than two visitors/family members per patient.
  • A complete list of your medications, including over-the-counter vitamins and supplements.
  • Inhalers if you use them at home.
  • A sippy cup or bottle and change of clothes for infants and toddlers.
  • Payment for any deductible or deposit required before surgery.

What to do:

  • Wear loose comfy clothes. If you are having nose or sinus surgery, wear a button-up shirt.
  • Do not wear make-up, perfume or cologne.
  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • Wear a sports bra without an underwire.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, please wear glasses.

When to Stop Eating & Drinking:

  • You must have an empty stomach to proceed with surgery.
  • Stop SOLID FOODS EIGHT HOURS prior to surgery.
  • Candy, mints, tobacco products and gum are considered solid foods
  • A meal eight hours prior to surgery should be light, avoiding fatty or fried foods.
  • Stop CLEAR LIQUIDS FOUR HOURS prior to surgery.
  • Water, Jell-O, tea, apple juice and black coffee without cream are considered clear liquids.
  • Stop infant and toddler FORMULA SIX HOURS prior to surgery.
  • Stop infant and toddler BREAST MILK  FOUR HOURS prior surgery.

Medications & Supplements

Take Morning of Surgery:


  • Atenolol
  • Bisoprolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Esmolol
  • Labetalol
  • Metoprolol
  • Nadolol
  • Propanolol
  • Sotalol

Anti-anxiety medications:

  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Valium
  • Ativan
  • Buspar
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Lexapro

Heartburn medications:

  • Famotidine
  • Ranitidine
  • Omperazole

Anti-spasmodic medications:

  • Depakote
  • Lyrica
  • Neurontin
  • Clozapine

Narcotics or pain medications that you take on a regular basis:

  • Birth control medications

Do Not Take Morning of Surgery:


  • Water pills
  • Lasix or any medication with HCTZ


  • Metformin
  • Glyburide
  • Januvia

Ace inhibitors

  • Benazepril
  • Lisinopril
  • Perindopril
  • Quinapril
  • Ramipril
  • Trandolapril

Angiotension II receptor blockers

  • Azilsartan
  • Candesartan
  • Irbesartan
  • Valsartan
  • Telmisartan
  • Losartan

Stop 14 Days Before Surgery:


  • Ibuprofen
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Motrin

All vitamins, herbals and supplements

  • Vitamin E
  • Ginko
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Fish Oil
  • Ginseng
  • Ma Huang
  • Echinacea

Diet or weight loss medications

  • Phentermine


If you are prescribed any of the following medications by your cardiologist, please follow your cardiologist’s recommendations for how long to hold prior to surgery.

  • Aspirin
  • Eliquis
  • Coumadin
  • Plavix, Effient or Brilinta
  • Pradaxa
  • Xaralto


  • Do not take fast-acting or regular acting insulins the morning of surgery.
  • We will check your blood sugar upon arrival and manage it with our insulin as needed.
  • Take  HALF of your long acting insulin dose the night before surgery.
  • Set your insulin pump basal rate to  HALF your normal level.

Surgeries Done at Boise ENT Sinus & Snoring Specialists

The operative instructions provide helpful information that will assist you with your recovery. Please note that these are general guidelines, as everyone recovers differently. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.