How can you prepare before surgery?

Before your procedure, both at home and when you get here, you can do some things that will help you safely prepare for surgery. Understand exactly what surgery is planned, and follow your doctor’s instructions.

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At Woman’s, your surgery is in the hands of professionals who know your health well. We are, after all, the only hospital in the area focused on caring for women.

Our team has in-depth experience performing the specific surgeries you might need. And with that experience comes a healthy dose of friendly, compassionate care. The kind only Woman's can provide.

More than half of the surgeries at Woman’s Hospital are performed on an outpatient basis in our Same Day Surgery Center. Patients able to go home are cared for by our perioperative team.

Plan Ahead Before Your Surgery

Your surgery will be more successful if you take an active role in both preparing for surgery and your recovery. There are several things you can do before your surgery to ensure the process goes smoothly.

  • Complete your pre-registration form in advance. Whether you are having inpatient surgery or same day surgery, you will need to complete this form before admission.
  • Schedule your Pre-Surgery Center visit. You or your physician's office will schedule an appointment for education, testing and assessment before your surgery.
  • Review any last minute instructions.
  • Check in early to the hospital on the day of your procedure.

Make sure you’ll have plenty of downtime after your surgery to recover properly. Take time now to learn:

  • More about your specific surgery so you know what to expect.
  • How you can prepare yourself both mentally and physically.
  • How to give your body the nutrition it needs to heal, fight infection and avoid dehydration after surgery.
  • Which items you should pack for your stay.
  • Plan for time away from work and family.

Your Length of Stay

Whether you are considered Day Surgery or Inpatient is determined by complexity of the surgery, length of the surgery, and other chronic health conditions that may complicate your recovery.

Speak Up for Safe Surgery

Patients can help ensure that their surgery is safe and successful by being an informed and involved member of the care team.

When the the day of your surgery arrives

The staff at Woman’s will help guide you through your journey, beginning as you are admitted to surgery and ending when you are either discharged (for outpatient surgery or same day surgery) or settled comfortably in your room.

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