The Day Before Surgery

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Time of Surgery

The afternoon before your surgery, you will receive a telephone call to inform you of the time to report to the hospital. If your surgery is scheduled for Monday, you will receive a call on Friday.

What to Pack

Please bring the following items with you on the day of surgery:

  • any medication that has changed since pre-admission testing, in it’s original container
  • your sleep apnea machine with a record of current settings, if you have one
  • your dentures, hearing aides, eye glasses or other personal items, if you need them

You may also want to pack:

  • a light robe
  • a change of clothes, including comfortable shoes and socks for use in therapy
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • deodorant

It is not necessary to bring soap or linen. Your family will keep your belongings until you are settled in your room after surgery.

It is best to bring as little as possible to the hospital and to leave cash, jewelry and other valuables at home.

What to Eat

The night before surgery you should have a well-balanced meal. It is best to avoid very spicy food and foods that are high in fat.

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. This will help prevent any nausea from the anesthesia.