Planning for your procedure

Review the checklists below to ensure you're prepared for your surgery. Please note that this is a general guide. Your physician’s instructions are specific to you; therefore, if your physician gives you instructions that conflict with the information here, please listen to your physician.

Inpatient

This checklist is designed to help patients who will be spending more than one night in the hospital.

Surgery Day Checklist
Surgery Day Checklist Home arrangements are made.
Surgery Day Checklist First soap shower completed.
Surgery Day Checklist Second soap shower completed.
Surgery Day Checklist Do not eat or drink eight hours prior to arrival time.
Surgery Day Checklist Take medication the morning of surgery, as instructed, with a sip of water.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring your yellow pre-admission card. Depending on the location of your surgery, or if you were pre-admitted by phone, you may not have a card.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring robe, slippers and personal toiletries.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring medications from home in their original containers if you did not bring them to your pre-admission visit, or if instructed by your nurse.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring sleep apnea assists, such as CPAP or BiPAP.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring SMI breathing unit.
Surgery Day Checklist Leave valuables, including jewelry, at home.

You will check out at noon the day you go home.


Outpatient

This checklist is designed to help patients who will be going home the of, or the morning after, surgery.

Surgery Day Checklist
Surgery Day Checklist Have an adult driver ready to bring you home from the hospital.
Surgery Day Checklist Have an adult caregiver selected to support you for the first 24 hours.
Surgery Day Checklist First soap shower is completed.
Surgery Day Checklist Second soap shower is completed.
Surgery Day Checklist Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
Surgery Day Checklist Do not eat or drink eight hours prior to your arrival time.
Surgery Day Checklist Take medication the morning of surgery, as instructed, with a sip of water.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring your yellow pre-admission card. Depending on the location of your surgery, or if you were pre-admitted by phone, you may not have a card.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring medications from home in their original containers if you did not bring them to your pre-admission visit, or if instructed by your nurse.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring sleep apnea assists, such as CPAP or BiPAP.
Surgery Day Checklist Bring SMI breathing unit.
Surgery Day Checklist Leave valuables, including jewelry, at home.

If you spend the night in the hospital, check out time is noon.


Going home

When it's time to head home, be sure you fully understand the instructions given by your nurse or doctor. If you don't understand, please ask.

If you have an outpatient procedure, it is unlikely you will need to spend the night in the hospital. You will need to stay until you are able to drink fluids, go to the bathroom, your vital signs are stable and your pain is under control.

Your recovery time will depend upon the type of procedure you have undergone and the anesthesia used. The Same Day Surgery Nurse will provide you with instructions for your care at home. Below are some topics that may be discussed.

prescription medications bathing/showering
diet pain (what to expect and what to do)
activities and exercise incision care and stitches
driving signs of infection
returning to work follow-up visit to physician
bandages and dressings who to call with concerns or changes in your condition