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Preparing for the surgery

What to ask a doctor and things to do before surgery

We believe that establishing an accurate diagnosis is the key to exact treatments. By accurately describing the nature, location, time and duration of onset of the symptoms to the doctor, the patient actually helps in an appropriate diagnosis and subsequent treatment of the disease.

Patients should inform the doctor about any active medications they are on. The doctor needs to be fully aware of the patient's medical condition.

Soon after your doctor decides Surgery or Procedure for you, you need to be admitted to the hospital. The first step is to obtain clearance from the Help Desk. You will be asked to signify your acceptance of the estimated tariff to cover your treatment and stay in the hospital. After this step is completed, you will be given a date for admission as well as pre-operative instructions.

As you prepare for your hospital visit, here is a checklist to help you be more prepared.

  • Make sure you have any prescribed pre-admission testing done prior to the date you are being admitted to the hospital.
  • Bring your insurance card and some form of identification such as a driver’s license
  • Leave your valuables at home. Take only those things that you need to be comfortable during your stay.
  • If you do not have a will, consider completing one so your family will know what you wish is if you are not able to make decisions for yourself.
  • Know your medical history including any allergies and/or adverse reactions
  • Bring a list of your current medications, including the name, dosage and frequency including any vitamin or herbal supplements you are taking
  • Know your rights and responsibilities as a patient by reading our Guidelines on Patient and Family Responsibilities
  • Ask your physician questions about the procedure, what to expect, how long you will be in the hospital and whether you will be sent home or to another facility to recover.
  • Know in advance the hospital’s policies on cell phone use and visiting hours.
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