Surgery Checklist

Taking these simple steps can help to ensure a safe surgery and quick recovery:

  • If you smoke, quit! Or at least cut down before surgery. People who don’t smoke heal faster than people who do. Smoking is not permitted in the hospital.
  • Ask your doctor about taking your usual medications for diabetes, blood pressure, heart or breathing problems, or blood thinning. The dosages may need to be adjusted for surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery, unless instructed otherwise. If you do, your surgery may be cancelled.
  • Call your doctor if you get a fever, cold or rash. Your surgery may need to be rescheduled.
  • Prepare or update your Advance Directive.
  • Plan to have someone drive you to and from the hospital.
  • Plan for extra help.

Day of your surgery:

  • Bathe or shower the night before or the morning of your surgery. Remove all makeup and nail polish.
  • Do not eat or drink anything. Adults may brush and rinse their teeth, but do not swallow.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Take your medication as directed for your surgery.
  • Do not wear any jewelry
  • Leave credit cards or large amounts of money at home.

Bring with you:

  • List of medications you are taking, including dosages and times. Leave your pills at home
  • For overnight stays, bring personal hygiene items such as razor, robe, nonskid slippers and reading material.
  • Walker, crutches or any personal assistive devices, if needed
  • Storage case with your name on it for glasses, contact lenses, dentures or hearing aids
  • Insurance card/forms
  • A copy of your Advance Directive
  • A parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years old
  • Someone to drive you home.