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Preparing for Surgery

What should I do the day before surgery?

  • Do NOT eat any solid food after midnight on the night before surgery.
  • Have a light supper (no fried or fatty foods) on the night before surgery.
  • Do NOT drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery.
  • You can have water up to 8 hours before the scheduled time of surgery.
  • Take off all piercings and jewelry (including wedding rings).
  • Remove nail polish or fake nails.

What should I bring to the hospital?

Limit the personal things you bring to the hospital. Only bring the most important items such as:

Medical items:

  • A copy of your Health Care Directives
  • Any test results or forms you were told to bring
  • Home medications as directed by surgery scheduling
  • CPAP machine if you have sleep apnea
  • Insurance details

Toiletry items:

  • Comb and brush
  • Razor and shaving cream (electric razor preferred)
  • Body wash or soap (if you want your own brand), and deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush, denture cleanser and denture cup

Clothing: (you will be getting dressed in your own clothes the day after surgery.)

  • Loose-fitting clothing, such as sweats
  • Loose, non-slip footwear (such as Velcro shoes)
  • Underwear, pajamas, and/or robe
  • Cases for glasses, hearing aids, dentures, or contacts
Pre-surgery checklists are available here:

DO NOT bring valuables to the hospital with you. You may bring your cell phone and charger.

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