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Before Your Surgery

Whether you are having inpatient or outpatient surgery, you will complete your preregistration form and visit Pre-Surgery Center for pre-surgical education, testing and assessment before your surgery. It is important for you to be prepared for surgery and to take an active part in your recovery.

Making Arrangements
As you prepare for your surgery, you will need to make arrangements to give yourself some “responsibility-free” time. Download our checklists, which may be especially helpful in your planning.

Getting Ready
There are things you can do to prepare yourself mentally and physically for surgery. Eat and drink healthy. Your body needs good nutrition and plenty of liquids to heal, fight infection, and avoid dehydration.

Plan ahead on what comfort items you will need for your hospital stay. See our list of suggested items to pack.

Important Last Minute Instructions

  • Take a shower the night before surgery with Hibiclens (available over the counter at most pharmacies--Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, etc).
  • Put on clean, freshly washed clothes after showering.
  • Take another shower the morning of surgery with Hibiclens and put on clean, freshly washed clothes to come to the hospital. If you are unable to take a shower, you still need to wash the surgical area thoroughly with Hibiclens.
  • You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.
  • If you have been told to take medications on the day of surgery, take with one ounce (2 tbsp) of water.
  • Give yourself an enema or laxative if you have been told to do so.
  • Remove ALL body piercings and jewelry.
  • If you are having reconstructive surgery and have markings from your doctor, use special care not to wash them off.

What NOT To Do:

  • Do not apply lotions or powders.
  • Do not suck on mints or chew gum.
  • Do NOT smoke the morning of your surgery.
  • For breast surgery patients, do not apply underarm deodorant.
  • Do not shave the incision site with a razor.