Preparing for Surgery

We have prepared this page to address some important items that every patient scheduled for surgery will need to know.

Review and update your medication list

Make sure you review and update your medications list prior to your surgery. We recommend that you put all your medications on an index card, which you can keep in your wallet or on your person. Bring this with you to your surgery.

Obtain your medical clearance right away

Some surgeries will require a written medical clearance from your doctor. Based on your age and medical history, our staff will review with you what will be required prior to your procedure. They will help you, but once your surgery date is set, make appointments with the appropriate physicians to obtain your medical clearance right away! If your medical clearance is not obtained in time, your surgery could be delayed.

Read the Pre-Operative Protocol

Please read and sign the pre-operative protocol that will be given to you in advance of your surgery. This document will also tell you the do’s and don’ts of preparing for surgery.

Prepare the following items and bring them with you to the hospital:

  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID

Do not bring any valuables with you to the hospital or surgery center.

Arrange for transportation

Most of the surgeries we perform are on an outpatient basis. You will be ready to go home after a short recovery period following your surgery. Even if your procedure requires no general anesthetic, you must have someone else drive you home. You cannot take a bus or a cab.

Get a good night’s sleep and just relax!

During the evening before the surgery, you will get a call from the hospital or surgery center confirming the time of the surgery. Additionally, they will go over some last-minute instructions with you and answer any questions that you might have. Other than that, get a good night’s sleep and just relax. Our surgeons are some of the top doctors in their field and have successfully treated tens of thousands of patients. You are in good hands!