- Pick-up all rugs and any loose cords in your home to prevent a fall. Ensure clear pathways to the bathroom and kitchen
- Plan a comfortable place in your home where you can sit with both your legs elevated the first few weeks following surgery.
- Fit your bathroom with a raised toilet seat. This will be used for 4-6 weeks after your surgery.
- Make a list of all your medications and bring them to your pre-op testing appointments.
- Verify with your insurance company that you have coverage for your surgery.
- Complete a Living Will or Power-of-Attorney to have on file
- If postoperative care at a facility is necessary, we encourage you to visit 2 facilities to make sure you are comfortable with the environment and the care you will receive.
- Eat light the week before surgery to help reduce the risk of postoperative constipation. Increase fluids and fiber in your diet as well.
- Quit smoking.
- If you are provided them, use the Skin Prep Cloths per the instructions you will be given during Pre-admission testing
- Remove all jewelry, body piercings, makeup, contact lenses, and nail polish on the day of surgery.
- Have a check-up with your dentist to make sure all your dental needs are taken care of before surgery. No elective dental work is advised for 3 months after surgery.
- Please notify the office if you have any active dental problems, as these may increase your risk of infection.
- Pack your hospital bag:
What to bring to the hospital:
- A pair of non-skid slip on walking shoes
- A full set of loose fitted clothing to accommodate postoperative swelling
- Personal toiletries
- Leisure materials (books, magazines, etc)
- If you are traveling long distances (over 1 hour), bring your ambulatory aid (walker, cane)
- If you have sleep apnea, bring your mask/tubing
*** DO NOT bring valuables or money ***