Below is a list of things you may want to bring with you to the hospital in preparation for your surgery. Talk with your physician for additional information about preparing for your hospital stay.
- Your personal belongings should be left in the car until after surgery. Tell your family that your room will be assigned when you are in surgery or in recovery, at which point they can bring your personal items to your room.
- Personal grooming items that you may want to pack include a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, eyeglasses/contacts, comb, deodorant, shaving cream/electric razor, shampoo, lotion, undergarments, and a robe.
- Bring slippers or flat rubber-soled shoes for walking in the hallways.
- Bring loose fitting clothing for your trip home.
- You do not need to bring your actual medication (if you have one), but you do need to bring a current list of medications with dosage and frequency. Be sure to include the name, strength, and how often you take the medications. Please communicate any allergies you might have to your doctors and the nursing staff.
- If you use a breathing exerciser (IBE), be sure to bring it with you from home, as you will probably need this right after surgery.
- Leave jewelry, credit cards, car and house keys, checkbooks, and items of personal value at home. Bring only enough pocket money for items such as newspapers, magazines, etc.