Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)
USF Health

Before Your Procedure


Do not eat or drink anything (including mints, gum, candy, or water) for at least 8 hours prior to your procedure.

Pre-Operative Visit:

Depending upon your surgical procedure, you may be required to have a pre-operative visit with the surgery center and the anesthesiologist.


If you are taking a blood thinner medication, notify your physician at least 2 weeks before your surgery, as you cannot take these types of medications prior to surgery. If you are taking any weight loss medications, these must be stopped 2 weeks prior to your procedure. If you are taking any medication, please notify your physician for instructions regarding these medications prior to your surgery. You must get instructions from your physician regarding any prescription medication(s) you will be taking the morning of the procedure. You may be instructed to take certain medications with just a sip of water. If you use an inhaler or insulin, please bring it with you.


Bathe or shower the night before and the morning of your procedure with anti-bacterial soap. This will minimize the chance of infection. You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.

Smoking and Drinking:

Refrain from these activities at least 24 hours before and following your procedure.


If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, please notify your physician. Anesthesia and certain medications for the procedure may be harmful during pregnancy.

Change in Health Status Prior to Surgery:

If there is any change in your health between the last visit with your physician and the day of your scheduled surgery, please notify your physician immediately. Minor health changes, such as a cough, cold, or fever can impact your surgery.