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Pre-Op Check List

What should your PRE-OP check list include?

The doctor and the hospital or surgery center will give you the things that THEY specifically require you to do before surgery.

Hospital PRE-OP List

  • Do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight (this may includes gum, hard candy or mints.
  • Shower or bath the morning of surgery, before going to the Hospital. DO NOT shave or remove hair at this time.
  • Do not wear any make-up, perfumes, body lotions or powders. No deodorant under the operative arm.
  • If you wear contacts, either wear glasses or bring case for contacts.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Bring a picture ID, insurance card and your Advance Directive (if you have one).
  • You must have a responsible person to drive you home after procedure and stay with you after surgery including the night following.

PRE-OP List to prepare Your Home Before Surgery

Having your house ready for your arrival back home will make your post op return safer.
Remember that you most likely will not be able to immediately return to your normal activities.
You may not be able to do some of the chores you take for granted in the first days and weeks post op.
The  PRE OP list of things to consider to prepare your home for your return from the hospital can include:

  • Clean
  • Do the laundry and put it away
  • Prepare meals and freeze then in single serving containers
  • Purchase easy to digest things like popsicles, jello, pudding, and crackers if your doctor allows
  • Do yard work and tend to the garden
  • Pick up throw rugs
  • Have a non- slip mat or surface in your tub or shower
  • Get a bench style, and  height adjustable shower chair
  • Remove electrical cords and other obstructions from walkways
  • Install motion detection night lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, and hallways
  • Arrange to have someone pick up your mail, and take care of pets
  • Consider making arrangements for someone to check on you and be available to stay with you during your recovery.

The  PRE OP List of ” Be Kind to Yourself”  Things May Include:

  • Loose comfortable clothing, shirts that button or zip, clothes that you do NOT have to wiggle in and out of
  • Clothes that have brighter colors may make you feel more upbeat. Wellness clothes!
  • A robe that is easy to get on and will cover your backside on trips down the hall
  • Shoes or slippers that are simple to get on and off
  • Lip balm
  • Ear plugs or a head set to muffle hospital noise
  • 3×5 Cards or a notebook and pen to write down questions for your nurse or doctor
  • Cheap reading glasses if you need them
  • Address labels to “tag” your personal items in case the hospital misplaces them

ALWAYS HAVE A PATIENT ADVOCATE WITH YOU AT THE HOSPITAL to keep your best interest at heart.

Always check with the hospital and the doctor as to what their policies and wishes are before your surgery.  if you have questions.. just ASK!

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