Checklist | Before Surgery | After Surgery | Diabetic Patients

A checklist before your Surgery

  • Call your physician immediately if you notice a change in your health between the time you saw your surgeon and the day of your procedure.
  • Eat a light dinner the evening before your surgery. DO NOT EAT ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT. FOLLOW THE EATING, DRINKING, AND MEDICATION INSTRUCTIONS provided by your physician.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE CENTER AND DRIVE YOU HOME FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY. YOUR SURGERY CANNOT PROCEED WITHOUT YOUR COMPANION.
  • Bring your medical insurance cards.
  • Bring a current list of medications that you take regularly.
  • Bring containers to store your contacts, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
  • Do not bring jewelry or other valuables, including wedding bands or body piercing.
  • Do not wear makeup, hairpins, nail polish, body powder, or contact lenses if possible.

Overnight Stays

Sometimes you may need extra time in recovery. CHC Surgical Center routinely has patients stay overnight for observation and extended recovery before heading home the next morning. For the best possible patient care, we have a two-to-one nurse to patient ratio for overnight patients. If you are in the extended recovery unit, no more than two visitors can be allowed at one time. Children must be supervised by an adult. Visiting hours end at 8 p.m. You are welcome to have a family member stay overnight with you. After surgery, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home, so you must arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home. Your surgeon will give you post-operative instructions regarding your diet, activity restrictions and medication.