Preparing for Treatment

Surgery is major medical procedure. Make sure you’re prepared: tell your doctor about your medical history, the medicines you take, and any allergies you have, including allergies to anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss the procedure in depth with you and will give you specific instructions on what to do in the days and weeks preceding surgery. You can also follow these general guidelines:

Get Your Body Ready

It’s important to make sure you’re in good condition before surgery. Eat well and complete any exercises suggested by your doctor in the weeks preceding your procedure. If you’re a smoker, cut back. Stop drinking alcohol two days before your surgery. Twenty-four hours before surgery, take a bath or shower with antibacterial soap to reduce the risk of infection.

Get Your House or Apartment Ready

Your surgery may impact your mobility. Rearrange your home so it is easy for you to move around. Remove rugs or cords that could cause you to trip and move furniture that might present an obstacle. You may want to set up a bed in the living room if your surgery will make it difficult for you to walk up the stairs. Practice maneuvering through your home with new equipment, such as a walker or cane, to be sure you can get around. 

Get Your Friends and Family Ready

You may need help with everyday activities immediately following your surgery. Make sure your friends and family are available to help you with meal prep, household chores, and transportation to and from your procedure and follow-up appointments. 

Get Your Stuff Ready

Pack a bag to bring with you to the hospital. It should include medical records and your copies of your insurance card, any medications you take, and personal items such as glasses, contacts, a hairbrush, and a toothbrush. Be sure to bring a robe and slippers to wear during your hospital stay and loose, comfortable clothes to wear home.

Post Surgery Care

What to do after your operation.