Preparing for Surgery
You have a role in your recovery. We encourage you to utilize our Preparing for Your Operation resources to keep you better informed. Research shows that people who are well-informed about their treatment options enjoy a better outcome and are more satisfied with their results.
For your convenience, and to reduce the amount of time you need to spend at the hospital to get ready for your operation we have placed many of our forms and education materials on the web. You can complete many of these in the comfort of your own home.
General all patients
To help you better prepare for surgery and to reduce the stress that usually goes along with surgery we have prepared several documents to answer the many questions that will arise once you get closer to your surgery/procedure date.
- Explains what to expect during your hospital stay
- These videos are intended to provide you with basic education about what all patients should know when getting admitted to a hospital. By watching the videos at home you may be able to avoid having to come to the hospital for a pre-hospital admission visit.
- If you are having surgery or a procedure you will likely not be allowed to eat or drink for several hours before.
- Smoking increases pulmonary and healing complications after surgery. Stopping smoking prior to surgery can help reduce these complications.
- Have a current medication list with you and always bring your medications with you when possible. Along with your medications you should also carry a brief health history summary with you, to help doctors and staff have accurate information about you.
- Most anticoagulants (coumadin, heparin, lovenox, plavix, ibuprofen...) have to be stopped before surgery. Make sure you have informed us if you are taking any type of anticoagulant. Please read the ANTICOGULANT PDF.
- Vaccinations are important. Please complete questionnaire and we will be happy to determine if you are due for any vaccinations.
- After you go home many questions will arise. Please review important question points you will want to ask your doctor or staff when going home.
- After administration of any type of anesthesia you will require a ride home
- A general guide to recovery
- Guide patients through their first weeks of recovery