Depending on your diagnosis, surgery preparation may look a little different. Your doctor will discuss with you the details on how to prepare. However, there are some requirements that you can follow to ensure a successful procedure for any surgery. Planning can help facilitate a smooth transition to recovery and beyond. Below are some general guidelines for your reference, but this is not a comprehensive list. Your doctor will give you specific information to follow before your procedure, as this list is for information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.

  1. Be on time for your appointment!
  2. Refrain from food and beverages for a specific amount of time before your procedure.
  3. Plan to have someone drive you home after surgery and monitor your condition for 24 hours.
  4. Shower or bathe the night before, and do not apply deodorants, perfumes, hair products, or other products afterward.
  5. Do not wear makeup, contact lenses, or nail polish on the day of your procedure.
  6. Do not wear jewelry and leave all valuables at home.
  7. Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing.
  8. Talk with your doctor prior to your procedure about all medicines that you’re taking and if you need to adjust doses or stop certain medications beforehand.
  9. Bring any documentation, current medical information, insurance documents, as well as your Social Security number and emergency contact list.
  10. Bring an overnight bag with personal care items, such as socks, slippers, pajamas, undergarments, a toothbrush, etc.

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