...According to a literature review done in Australia, washing or showering with an antiseptic before surgery does not reduce the risk of post-op infection.
…A once-over with any old soap will do.
…Likewise, removing hair at the site has not been shown to cut the danger of infection.
…If the surgeon does need to remove hair, clipping it is as effective as the razor.
…Plus! The antiseptic sponges often issued to patients are expensive and are running up the bills.
…The docs are just sayin’.