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Getting Ready for Surgery


You can help us provide the best experience and optimal recovery by providing important information before your surgery. Your HealthPAS nurse will discuss the following with you (either during your pre-testing appointment or via a phone interview):

  • Your medical history, including all prior surgeries
  • Allergies to medicines 
  • General health information
  • Recent illness including fever, colds, or rash
  • Current prescriptions and over the counter medications
  • Your use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs
  • Pregnancy status
  • Any chronic medical problems including diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea
  • Durable Power of Attorney (if applicable)  

Your pre-testing appointment may also include any tests your physician, surgeon or anesthesiologist may order to prepare for your surgery.

Please bring the following documents to your procedure or pre-testing appointment:

  • Completed advance medical directive
  • Insurance cards or forms
  • A list of regular medications including when, how much and the strength of each medication you take  

A nurse will call you the day before your procedure to give you a finalized check-in time for surgery. To ensure your right of confidentiality we will not leave any information on a recorder that is not identified as being yours. Therefore, a phone number to contact you is essential.

Surgery Checklist

  • Talk to your physician’s office about special instructions or special preparations for your surgery.
  • Stop smoking. If you are unable to quit, at least cut down on the amount you smoke before surgery.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery. Alcoholic beverages include beer, wine, and/or liquor.
  • Talk to your physician about taking medications before your surgery. If you have additional questions not answered by the HealthPAS nurse. This may include questions related to aspirin, ibuprofen, over-the-counter medications, medications for heart disease and diabetes, etc.
  • Ask about possible reactions between medications you currently take and any post-operative medications you may need.
  • Consult your cardiologist or primary care physician if you take blood thinners.
  • Arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up from the hospital and assist you overnight or as directed by the HealthPAS nurse.
  • Call your doctor if you have a fever, cold, or rash. Your surgery may need to be postponed.
  • Follow the special eating instructions given to you by the HealthPAS nurse in your pre-testing appointment/interview.
  • If you have completed an advance medical directive—such as the naming of a person you’d wish to make healthcare decisions for you if you were unable to speak for yourself—you should bring it with you to the hospital.
  • Bring any inhalers and/or CPAP mask & tubing if applicable.