SCRMCPreparing for Surgery

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.

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.
  • A list of your medications, the doses, and the times you take them.
  • Insurance details.

Toiletry Items:

  • Comb and brush.
  • Razor and shaving cream (electric shaver preferred).
  • Body wash or soap (if you want your own brand).
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Denture cleanser and denture cup.
  • Deodorant

Clothing:
You will be getting dressed in your own clothes when you are discharged

  • Loose-fitting clothing, such as sweats.
  • Loose non-slip footwear (such as Velcro tennis shoes).
  • Robe
  • Underwear
  • Cases for glasses, hearing aids, dentures or contacts.

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