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How to Prepare for Surgery


Each surgery experience is different for every patient. Your surgeon’s office can help you prepare for surgery, understand what to expect, and access any information or resources you need. You can also prepare for surgery by following the general guidelines below.


For Outpatient Surgery


If you are returning home following your surgery, please bring:

  • Your insurance cards and photo ID
  • A list of all medications you are currently taking (including dosage) and any medication you may need to take during your visit
  • Insurance referral and authorizations

Please arrive at the office before your scheduled surgery time to prepare for your surgery. You should also follow any instructions about drinking and eating that your surgeon provides. Your surgeon may also ask you to avoid taking certain medicines before your procedure.

You should bring a friend or family member with you to your surgery so they can drive you home and care for you after your procedure.

If you have any other questions about your procedure, please contact your surgeon’s office.


For Inpatient Surgery


If you are staying in the hospital after your surgery, please bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card and/or Medicare card (if applicable)
  • List of allergies and current medicines
  • Recent tests or physical exam reports
  • Copies of your advance directive, living will, or power of attorney
  • Containers for contact lenses, glasses, or dentures
  • Toiletries and other personal items
  • Magazine, book, or other reading materials

Please plan to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will fit over any bandages or splints.

Please leave all valuables (jewelry, credit cards, money) at home, including any body-piercing jewelry or tongue studs. You may not wear any jewelry during surgery.

You should not eat or drink before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions. You may also need to avoid taking certain medicines before surgery.

Please arrange for someone to take you home after you are discharged from the hospital. You may need some to care for you as you recover.