Before Surgery

Bring to the hospital

  • A list of all medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbs and vitamins that you take
  • Make sure that you have removed hair of the operative area as advised to you.
  • A list of your drug and food allergies and sensitivities
  • Your ID card &  insurance card if you have.
  • Copies of any legal documents, including medical proxy, power of attorney or a living will
  • The name and phone number of your primary contact – your close relative – while you are in surgery or, if you are having same-day surgery, the name and phone number of the person who will be picking you up
  • A small amount of cash as you have discussed before with Doctor, but no valuables or jewelry
  • Little else. Most hospitals provide everything you need day care stay.

– Before surgery your Anesthesiologist doctor and healthcare team will ask you many questions. You may be asked some questions — such as your drug allergies and identification of the surgical site —several times. This repetition is planned, and you should expect these questions from your side. 

Some questions that you may be asked include:

  • Do you have diabetes and take diabetic medications?
  • Do you take any blood thinners?
  • Do you or any member of your family have a history of problems with surgery — such as adverse reactions to anesthesia — or problems with medications?

– Our staff & doctor will review, discuss and then ask you to sign a consent form that clearly outlines the planned surgical procedure.

– Your doctor will confirm the surgical site with you and then mark the correct area on your skin.

– Give your cell phone, reading glasses, hearing aids and other personal items to a friend or family member before you go into the operating room. These items can be returned to you when you are awake and recovering. Remove all ornaments & threads or ‘Dagha’ before surgery from your body.