Preparing for Surgery
- Medical clearance appointment set
- Specialist appointment set (if applicable)
- Complete pre-registration paperwork
- Call received from hospital pre-admission nurse
- Call received from hospital registration
- Medical equipment received (if applicable)
- Discuss my discharge plan with family and friends
- Surgery date/time set
- Arrival time determined
A member of our staff will call you prior to your surgery to gather pre-registration information. Pre-registering will streamline your experience on the day of surgery.
Medical Clearance – Pre-admission
A member of our staff will call you prior to your surgery date in order to confirm the details of your surgery, complete a pre-admission questionnaire, provide you with your pre-operative instructions, and review your current medications. Pre-admission appointments are available Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will need to provide a list of all medications with dosage including over-the-counter medication.
Please inform the staff member of any daily medication including name, dosage, and frequency. Be sure to mention any over-the-counter drugs such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, alcohol, recreational drugs or herbal supplements you take. You will be given instructions by your surgeon and/or anesthesiologist for medications you may take the morning of surgery.
To make sure you are healthy enough to tolerate your procedure, your surgeon may require you to be seen by an internal medicine doctor prior to your surgery. At this appointment, you may have tests completed, such as blood, urine or an electrocardiogram (EKG) to evaluate your heart. You will discuss your medical history with a pre-admission nurse and one of our internal medicine physicians. The results of this appointment will confirm that you are ready for surgery. If necessary, you may be required to see a heart or lung doctor as well. To schedule an appointment for pre-admission testing, please call 214.407.5166.
If your procedure involves a general anesthetic or other types of sedation, please arrange for a responsible adult to remain at the hospital during surgery and accompany you home. You may want to have a spouse or friend stay with you the first night following surgery. If the patient is a child, it is best to have someone along with the driver to help care for the child on the trip home. Please bring all medical power of attorney or legal documents with you on the day of surgery.
To make your home safe and practical after your surgery, a number of simple changes can be made. Your physical therapist may have additional suggestions for you during your hospitalization.