Action Checklist

Before the Procedure

  • If you need help making travel arrangements to Cleveland Clinic, please call the Medical Concierge at 800.223.2273, ext. 55580.
  • Stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) three days before your procedure. Talk to your doctor before you stop taking any medication.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take your other prescription medications before the procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure.
  • Do not bring jewelry or valuables to the hospital.

You will receive an instruction sheet that describes how to prepare for the procedure. Here’s an overview of those instructions.

What if I take Coumadin?

If you take Coumadin, your INR test (a blood test to evaluate blood clotting) must be within a suitable range before the procedure can be performed.

Should I take my medications?

Usually, you will be instructed to stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) three days before the procedure. Your doctor may also ask you to stop taking other medications, such as those that control your heart rate or aspirin products.

Do not discontinue any of your medications without first talking to your healthcare provider. Ask your doctor which medications you should stop taking and when to stop taking them.

If you have diabetes, ask the nurse how you should adjust your diabetes medications and/or insulin.

Can I eat before the procedure?

Eat a normal meal the evening before your procedure. However, DO NOT eat, drink or chew anything after 12 midnight before your procedure. This includes gum, mints, water, etc. If you must take medications, take them with small sips of water. When brushing your teeth, do not swallow any water.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes. You will change into a hospital gown before the procedure. Please leave all jewelry (including wedding rings and watches) and other valuables at home.

The clothing you are wearing that morning will be returned to the person who accompanies you or placed in a locker.

Remove all makeup and nail polish before coming to the hospital.

What should I bring?

You will not need a robe or toiletries when you first arrive. Your family member can keep these items to give you after the procedure. Bring your prescription medications with you, but do not take them without first talking to your healthcare provider.

You may bring guided imagery materials or music to listen to before the procedure (don’t forget to bring your audio player!).