We understand that patients can have a lot of questions, particularly when they are getting ready for their procedure or surgery. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing to head to the hospital:
You may want to bring a book or some magazines to read while waiting or recovering from your post procedure or surgery.
If you are having a procedure or surgery on your leg and you do not have crutches, or you do not know how to walk on crutches, let us know before your procedure or surgery.
Bring your walker or crutches to the hospital on the day of your procedure or surgery. You may need to use them during physical therapy or when you are walking in the room, in the hallways and to and from the bathroom during your stay.
Write your name on your crutches, walker or cane so you will not lose them on the day of your procedure or surgery. If you are not able to write your name on these items please ask your health care provider for a label with your name on it.
Please be sure to practice using your crutches several days before your procedure or surgery.
Wear comfortable clothing on the day of your procedure or surgery. You do not need to wear a hospital gown after the procedure or surgery. Most patients are more comfortable in their own clothing. You should feel free to bring items like a button-down shirt or blouse, loose-fitting T-shirt, gym shorts, sweat pants and a robe.
If you are having a procedure or surgery on your leg, it is best to wear loose-fitting pants or shorts and supportive shoes. Walking shoes or gym shoes are comfortable in the hospital and help prevent slipping.
If you are having a procedure or surgery on your stomach, wear loose elastic waist or drawstring pants.
If you are staying in the hospital, you may bring personal items such as slippers and a robe. Bring a few days’ supply of your own personal care items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or hairbrush, cosmetics and a razor.
If you wear dentures, you may be given a denture cup to leave them during your procedure or surgery. Please write your name on this cup or ask for a label with your name on it from your health care provider. You can also bring your own cup to place your dentures in and give them to your family or friend.
Wear your glasses on the day of treatment. Do not wear contacts. Please give your glasses to your family member or friend until you are done with the procedure or surgery.
On the day of your surgery do not bring any valuables unless you have someone who will keep the items for you during your procedure or surgery.
- Do not bring cash or credit cards.
- Do not bring jewelry or rings.
- Remove any body piercings. You will not be able to wear any jewelry in the operating room including body piercings.
- Do not bring electronics, such as a cell phone, laptop or tablet.