Helpful Information To Consider
Before Your Surgery
Before you or a loved one undergoes surgery, you may have a few questions. Below are some of the commonly asked questions by our patients. You may also use this list of questions when you visit your physician prior to surgery.
Ask your doctor • Are there any prescription or over-the-counter medicines that you
should not take before your surgery?
• Can you eat or drink before your surgery?
• If you have other questions, write them down. Take your list of
questions with you when you see your doctor.
• Ask your doctor if labs, xrays or consults are necessary and be
sure the form is available to you.
Ask someone you trust to • Take you to and from the surgery facility.
• Be with you at the hospital.
• To stay with you at home for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Before you leave home
• Shower, wash your hair, and remove any nail polish on your
fingers and toes. Do not wear make-up. Your caregivers need to
see your skin and nails to check your blood circulation.
• Leave your jewelry, money and valuables at home.
At the Surgery Facility
The staff will ask you to sign an informed consent form. Read it carefully. It lists: • Your name
• The kind of surgery you will have
• That you talked to your doctor about the surgery and asked questions
• Your agreement to have the surgery
• Make sure everything on the form is correct
• Make sure all of your questions have been answered. If you do not understand something on the form — speak up.
For your safety, the staff may ask you the same question many times.
• Who you are
• What kind of surgery you are having
• The part of your body to be operated on
• They will also double-check the records on your chart.
Before your surgery • Your physician will mark the spot on your body to be operated on. Make sure they mark only the correct part to
• Marking is done prior to going into surgery.
• Your neck, upper back or lower back will be marked if you are having spine surgery. The surgeon will check the
exact place on your spine in the operating room after you are asleep.
After your surgery • Tell your doctor or nurse about your level of pain. Our goal is to assist you with your pain management as
effectively as possible during your hospital stay.
• Ask questions about medicines that are given to you, especially new medicines. What is it? What is it for? Are there
any side effects? Tell your caregivers about any allergies you have to medicines. If you have more questions about
a medicine, talk to your doctor or nurse before taking it.
• Find out about any IV (intravenous) fluids that you are given. These are liquids that drip from a bag into your vein.
• Ask your doctor if you will need therapy or medicines after you leave the hospital.
• Ask when you can resume activities like work, exercise and travel.