Preparing for Surgery

Guiding you every step of the way.

Are you having surgery soon at a Novant Health surgical facility? Our patient education information is designed to help you understand what to expect, from pre-op and post-op instructions to insurance details. The general information below can be used as a guide for you, but always follow the specific instructions provided by your care team to ensure the best experience.

Wellness preparation before surgery

As you prepare for an upcoming surgical procedure, focus on eating a healthy diet and ask your care team if you should avoid any specific foods. Regular exercise is also beneficial. The better shape you're in, the easier recovery will be.

Tell your caregivers about any medications, supplements or herbal remedies you take. Your surgery team can determine if any pose a risk. If you smoke, they'll recommend quitting for your safety. 

Caring for yourself after surgery

We want to ensure a safe and quick recovery once you are home. Learning about your procedure and self-care steps once you return home, such as changing bandages, can make a difference in how you heal. Following your post-procedure instructions from your surgeon will help you achieve your surgical goals.

What to know before your surgery

Register for your procedure in advance.

You can preregister online or by phone to make your check in faster on the day of your scheduled procedure.

We'll also give you patient education materials covering things like how to prepare for surgery, pre-op information and post-op instructions.

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A patient is holding an iPad in their lap with their doctor on the screen during a virtual visit.

Novant Health MyChart

MyChart is a secure, convenient online tool that lets you manage your healthcare. You can schedule appointments, view test results, refill prescriptions and even have virtual visits with your providers right from your computer or smartphone.