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Preparing for Surgery

As you get ready for surgery at PIH Health, we’re here to give you the best possible care before, during and after your operation. Once your surgery has been scheduled by your doctor, you’ll receive more instructions, including detailed information about the way to prepare for your particular procedure.

Steps to Make Surgery Easier

Most surgeries are not emergencies. That means you have time to find out about the operation. You should also talk to your surgeon about treatment options for your condition before you decide what to do. You also have time to get a second opinion.

Be sure to prepare a list of questions and ask for clear explanations. It may help to take a family member or friend with you when you visit with your doctor or surgeon.

Before Surgery

At PIH Health, you’ll receive specific instructions about what to do to prepare for your surgical procedure. Some of those steps may include activities like:

  • Having preoperative tests and screenings, including blood tests and X-rays or imaging scans
  • Getting approvals from your insurance carrier
  • Making plans for any medical equipment or help with health care you may need when you go home
  • Arranging for an adult to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery if you are having an outpatient procedure
  • Getting written instructions about your follow-up care, phone numbers to call with questions or in case of problems and any prescription medicines you’ll need at home

Day of Surgery

Arrange for transportation or have a family member, friend or other caregiver bring you to the hospital or outpatient center. In addition to other specific instructions you’ll receive from your surgeon, you’ll want to:

  • Leave your jewelry, money or other valuables at home
  • Avoid wearing makeup or contact lenses

After Surgery

Once you return home, be sure to:

  • Follow all your doctor’s instructions
  • Go for your scheduled postoperative check-up
  • Ask your doctor when you can return to your regular activities

Additional—and more detailed—instructions will be given to you when your surgery has been scheduled by your doctor at PIH Health.

If you have questions that were not addressed above, please contact your surgeon’s office.

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