Surgery Checklist

Go over this a few days before your surgery so you know you’re ready to go.

  • Still healthy? Call your surgeon’s office if your health condition has changed (e.g., you have a cough, cold, fever, etc.).
  • Eat a light dinner the evening before your surgery. Remember: DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING (not even water) within 8 hours of your surgery UNLESS your surgeon tells you differently.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco for 24 hours prior to your surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment.
  • Have a responsible adult accompany you to the center who can drive you home following your surgery. The admissions nurse will be able to provide an approximate time when you will be able to go home.
  • Leave jewelry (including wedding bands and body piercings) and other valuables at home.
  • Don’t wear makeup, hairpins, nail polish, or body powder.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses if possible.

Be sure to bring:

  • Medical insurance information and card(s)
  • List of medications that you take regularly
  • Containers to store your contacts, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc. We will have a private locker for you to store your belongings in.
  • Identification with picture (driver’s license)
  • Co-payment, if required
  • Guardianship papers, if the patient is a minor and it’s applicable
  • Your completed preoperative health questionnaire. (Download the form here if you have not already.)

And remember: DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING (not even water) within 8 hours of your surgery.

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