Questions you may have prior
to your hospital stay for surgery
What is pre-registration? When you pre-register – either online, if available, or by telephone – you provide information about yourself and your medical insurance, if you have any. You do this ahead of time so that your paperwork can be started before your scheduled hospital visit. If you pre-register, we will provide you with helpful information in advance about where to go and what to expect when you arrive.
What can I eat or drink before the surgery? You can eat a normal meal before 10 p.m. the night before your procedure, unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon; however, you should not eat or drink anything after 10 p.m. – including water, gum, candy or breath mints – unless instructed otherwise by your anesthesiologist. For your safety, do not drink alcoholic beverages the day before or the day of your procedure. If these guidelines are not followed, your procedure may be delayed or cancelled.
Should I continue taking my regular medications? You can take your daily medications with a sip of water only if instructed to by your anesthesiologist. If you are currently using a CPAP machine and/or inhaler, bring it with you on the day of your procedure.
When do I need to arrive for my procedure? You should plan to arrive two hours before the procedure, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor or surgical center.
What should I wear the day of surgery? Wear loose, comfortable clothing – preferably a button-up shirt or blouse. This will make it easier for you to dress after your procedure. For your safety, you will be asked to change out of your clothes and into a hospital gown before your procedure. If you are scheduled to stay overnight after your procedure, please leave any luggage in your car or with the adult who is accompanying you until you have been assigned a room.
What information do I need to bring along with me? Bring your picture ID and all health insurance cards; for children, bring their picture IDs, all health insurance cards, and proof of guardianship. If you have a living will or advance directives, bring copies of these documents as well. This service is not provided on the day of surgery. Learn more about advance directives.
Will I be able to drive myself home? Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home following your procedure. Also, please have a responsible adult willing and able to assist you during the first 24 hours following your surgery.
Do I need to remove my jewelry? All jewelry and body piercings must be removed before your surgical procedure. For safekeeping, leave all jewelry, money and valuables at home.
View our pre-procedure guide for adults.
View our pre-procedure guide for children.