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. 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.
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- If applicable, paperwork showing power of attorney, guardianship or adoption for the patient
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.