Before Your Surgery Checklist

To expedite your check-in process, we need to receive your registration form prior to your procedure date. If not received, the Pre-Registration Department will be contacting you prior to your date of service.


A Health History Nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.

A scheduler will call you the day before your surgery, review special instructions and answer any questions you have. If you have not received a call by 3 p.m. the day before your surgery or have additional questions please call us.


It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

Food and Drink

  • Nothing to eat after midnight.
  • No chewing mints, candy , solid food or dairy products
  • Clear liquids are allowed 4 hour prior to surgery to include water, apple juice , black coffee, tea and  gatorade.

Pain patients may have clear liquids –no dairy, cream or fats– four (4) hours prior to your procedure.

Alcohol
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking/Tobacco
No smoking/tobacco after midnight the night before your surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Clothing
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Valuables
Please leave valuables at home.

Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • If you are taking: Coumadin, Motrin, aspirin, Ibuprophen, Vitiamn E or other blood thinners please check with your prescribing physician and surgeon regarding when you will need to stop these medications prior to your surgery.

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required. If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 301-330-8170 as soon as possible.