Preparing for Your Surgery

Pre-Operative Evaluation & Planning

Prior to your procedure, you will be asked to come to the hospital for a Pre-Operative Evaluation and Planning appointment. You may also complete this interview over the phone. This team will collect important medical information that is needed by the surgical staff.

A Pre-Operative Evaluation can take anywhere from one to two hours. During this time we will:

  • Collect registration information
  • Take a medical history
  • Evaluate your risk factors
  • Run necessary tests
  • Provide you with written instructions for the day of surgery
  • Answer questions
  • Arrange for any further tests that may be necessary

Preparing For The Pre-Operative Visit

Generally, you may eat, drink or take medications before this visit. However, if your doctor has ordered further tests before or after this visit, you may have some diet restrictions.

What to Bring
  • Your medications or a list of medications including the dose and when you take them (include all over-the-counter medications)
  • The name of your primary care physician and their office phone and fax numbers
  • Name and phone number of any institution where you have had recent blood tests, EKGs, stress tests, echocardiograms or chest x-rays
  • If you have recently seen a cardiologist, a letter regarding your cardiac status and copies of any current test results
  • Implant information cards for devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators
  • All current insurance cards
  • Your Advance Directive or Living Will if you want it placed in your hospital record.
    More about Advance Directives
  • If applicable, paperwork showing power of attorney, guardianship or adoption for the patient
Before Surgery

You will receive a call 1-2 business days prior to your surgery or procedure to give you your arrival time.

Surgery Checklist

Your safety during the procedure is very important to us. Please note that your surgery may have to be rescheduled if you do not follow the surgery checklist instructions because it will make anesthesia unsafe.

Food and beverages
  • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery.
  • We ask that you refrain from smoking the night before surgery.
  • Do not eat any solid foods, including candy, mints or gum after midnight the
    night before your surgery.
  • Do not drink any liquids, including water, milk, juice, coffee or soda after
    midnight the night before your surgery.
  • During your pre-operative nurse consultation you will be instructed on what
    medicine you can or cannot take prior to surgery.
  • If you are taking any blood thinning medication (Plavix, Aspirin, Coumadin,
    Warfarin, Eliquis, Xarelto, Lovenox or a generic version of these medications), consult your surgeon regarding whether or not to stop.
  • Use your inhaler and eye drops unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • If you are taking diabetes medicine, consult your surgeon regarding whether or not to stop.
Other instructions
  • Brush your teeth the morning of surgery, but do not swallow any water.
  • Shower or bathe before leaving for the hospital. Follow any pre-operative
    instructions such as showering with a special soap (Dyna-hex).
  • Arrange to have a responsible driver other than yourself to drive you home
    from the hospital.
  • Contact your doctor directly if your condition changes or you become ill prior
    to your surgery.
  • Only take medicines that you are instructed to take by your doctor.
What to bring
  • A complete list of all medications you take that lists the strength, dose and
  • If you have Medicare, bring medication in the original bottles.
  • If you will be staying in the hospital overnight, bring hearing aids, a glasses
    case, denture container or CPAP machine if instructed. The hospital provides
    them, but you are welcome to bring your own basic toiletries.
  • A copy of your Advance Directives.
  • Insurance or Medicare identification cards and any special pre-authorization
    paperwork related to your procedure.
  • A photo ID for registration.
What not to bring
  • Valuables including jewelryand money.
  • Please be aware that your family and/or friends will be responsible for your belongings during surgery.
What to wear
  • Do not wear any makeup, lotions, perfumes or jewelry. It is also
    recommended that you remove any acrylic nails.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you are having a procedure on
    your upper body or head, a button down shirt is recommended. If you are
    having a lower extremity surgery, loose fitting pants or shorts are
    recommended. Slip-on or athletic footwear is best.