How To Get Ready for Your Surgery
You will begin to get ready for your surgery once you have your surgery date scheduled. Getting ready for surgery will include things you should do and things you should avoid. Some common instructions are listed below. Your surgeon’s office will let you know if there are any other instructions you must follow. As you get close to your surgery date:
- Stay away from large crowds of people and anyone who is sick. If you must be around someone who is sick, limit contact with them and wash your hands often.
- Eat a healthy diet. This will help your incision heal faster.
- If you have diabetes, it is important to keep your blood sugar under control. If your blood sugar is too high, it could lead to surgical complications or postponement (canceling) of your procedure. Talk to your doctor who manages your blood sugar to help you achieve good blood sugar control.
- Call your surgeon’s office if you feel sick or have a fever the day before or the day of your surgery. You may need to reschedule.
- Plan to have someone drive you to and from the surgery. It will not be safe for you to drive yourself home or take public transportation.
- Stop smoking the day before surgery. Lehigh Valley Health Network can help if you want to stop smoking permanently.
- Shower or bathe the night before you come in for surgery. Keeping your skin clean can help stop from getting an infection. Your surgeon’s office will let you know if you need to use a specific cleaning product (such as antibacterial soap).
- Do not shower or shave any part of your body the day of surgery. This includes areas such as your legs and face.
- Do not put on lotion, powder or perfume the day of surgery.
- Do not wear makeup the day of surgery. If your surgery is on your arm or leg, please remove any nail polish from that hand or foot.
- Do not wear any jewelry to the hospital. Jewelry would include: wedding rings and bands.
- Remove all body piercings, including tongue and belly rings.
- Remove any hair pins.
We care about your safety!
Our healthcare staff will ask you to remove any jewelry or body piercings you are wearing. These items are a risk to your safety. Metal can burn you if it becomes hot during surgery. If they cannot be removed, you may need to reschedule.
- Make sure you have a valid photo ID, health insurance card and copy of your advance directive or living will.
- If you use a pharmacy card, make sure the card is valid. You will need to bring these things with you the day of your surgery.
- Make a list of all medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) you are taking. Please bring this list with you the day of your surgery.
- Do not bring any medicine with you the day of surgery.
- Bring in a case for each of these items if you wear them: contact lenses, eye glasses or dentures. You will not be allowed to wear them in the operating room.
- Wear your hearing aids (if you have them). Remember to bring a case to put them in. You will be allowed to wear them in the operating room so you can understand your surgery team. Your hearing aids will be removed right before the surgery starts.
- You must stay with your child before surgery if you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 18. You must also stay in the hospital during the surgery for your child. Please plan to do this.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is not responsible for lost items.
Please leave valuable items (examples: cash, jewelry, and wedding bands) at home.