Once you have scheduled your surgery, preparing yourself physically and mentally are important for a healthy recovery. Here are a few steps to help you get ready for your surgery.
Before you come to the hospital for surgery, you must complete your pre-registration. Your surgeon’s administrative assistant will help you coordinate your pre-surgical appointment as well as any required preoperative clearance or testing.
Depending on the type of insurance you have, you may be responsible for a co-pay for your surgical procedure. The amount will vary depending on your insurance provider.
Before surgery you will be asked to sign consent forms. You have the right to understand your health problem and treatment options in words you can understand. Your doctor should also tell you about the risks and benefits of each treatment. Please feel free to ask questions.
A member of the Anesthesia Department will speak with you before surgery and let you know if any medications need to be stopped before surgery (see medication list in the Surgery Handbook PDF).
Here are some tips that will help you focus on a smooth recovery following surgery.
Having surgery can be stressful. It is important to be an informed patient. Learn as much as you can about the surgery and discuss realistic expectations with your surgeon and staff. Share this information with family members and friends who will be involved in helping you with recovery. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from others during your recovery. It is important to plan for help in place during your recovery period.
We’ve also prepared a Surgery Handbook that goes into more detail about preparing for surgery, what to expect during your hospital stay, and post-operative care. Download the entire Surgery Handbook PDF to learn more.