What should I wear to my surgery?
Surgery is not a time to be fashionable. Leave all your valuables and jewelry at home, and only wear loose-fitting clothing that is comfortable. You may have bandages and compression garments on later, so you don’t want to wear anything too tight that might constrict you.
Remove nail polish and any acrylic nails. Do not put on makeup the day of surgery. Leave contacts behind and wear your glasses. If you wear dentures or any other prosthetic devices, be sure to advise your medical team.
What is a pre-surgical check-up?
A few weeks before surgery, the doctor may order a physical exam and lab tests of your blood and urine, a chest x-ray, and an electrocardiogram to test your heart function. These are all standard tests to ensure you are in optimal shape for your surgery.
What else can I do to prepare for surgery?
Make sure you rest well and get lots of sleep. Exercise prior to surgery will help you store up stamina and energy for recovery. You may need to rearrange your furniture in some way to prepare for bed rest, or even move your sleeping quarters to the lower level, for instance.
Take time to inform anyone who might be affected by your recovery, such as your job or clients, teachers or others who rely on you. You may also want to work on some calming techniques such as meditation or visualization. These may come in handy later when you are managing post-operative pain.