Pre-Surgery Checklist

How Should I Prepare for Surgery?

It’s natural to feel a little unsure and overwhelmed when you are facing surgery. We’re here to guide you and your family every step of the way. Use this checklist to help keep track of what you need to do to prepare for your procedure.

What Do I Do Before Surgery?

This list should help make your surgery day less hectic and help remove some anxiety before and after your procedure:

  • Complete your pre-surgery consultation. If a nurse hasn’t called you within 48 hours of your surgery, call the hospital where your surgery is scheduled.
  • Avoid tobacco, recreational drugs or alcohol for at least 24 hours before your procedure.
  • Talk to your doctor about how to take your medications before surgery.
  • Arrange childcare for your children while you’re at the hospital or surgery center.
  • Arrange for someone to be at the hospital or surgery center during your surgery and to take you home after your surgery or hospital stay.
  • Ask someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Check with your insurance provider if you have questions about your co-payment or deductible.
  • Call your doctor if you have symptoms of a cold, the flu, a rash, or any other illness or infection.
  • Don’t eat or drink at least 8 hours before your procedure, including water, gum and throat lozenges.

What Do I Bring to the Hospital?

This list includes information that’s important to your care, along with items that will help you be as comfortable as possible. Please bring:

  • Your completed medication history form if you haven’t already given the information to a nurse during your pre-surgery consultation
  • Current reports from medical tests, such as blood work, X-rays or EKG results, if you have them
  • A list of any medications you take and their dosages
  • Your health insurance card
  • A photo ID
  • Cash, check or credit card if you have an insurance co-payment or deductible
  • Your living will and/or health care power of attorney if you have them
  • Glasses, dentures, hearing aids and cases if you use them
  • Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) manufacturer card if you have a pacemaker or implantable device
  • Robe and slippers, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, etc., if you are staying overnight (the hospital does supply gowns, robes and slippers if you need them)

What Do I Leave at Home?

To eliminate any risk of losing them, we recommend you leave valuables at home. These items include your wedding ring and any other jewelry, and electronic items such as cellphones, MP3 players, laptops, etc.

If you need to make an insurance co-payment, have the person who brings you to the hospital keep your purse or wallet while you’re in surgery.