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Preparing for Surgery

At Oakland Regional Hospital, our expert team will help you prepare for your surgery. By planning ahead and following these recommendations, you can help to ensure a smooth surgery and speedy recovery.

Understanding the Procedure

It is very important that you talk to your doctor. Learn what to expect before, during and after surgery. Ask about the process of admission to the hospital, the type of anesthesia you might need, the length of stay necessary in the hospital, your rehabilitation and pain management. The more you know the better you will be prepared for your surgical experience. Do not hesitate to ask questions, voice your concerns, or speak up when you do not understand.

Gather Your Personal and Medical Information

During the weeks prior to your surgery, many people will be asking about your insurance coverage, medical history and legal arrangements. You may feel that you are answering the same questions over and over again, however this is necessary to meet quality assurance of your safety and medical insurance guidelines. If you have this information written down, you can speed up the process.

Be sure to provide the following:

  • A designated family member or friend who will be your primary contact to receive information from the doctor and then give it to other family members and friends.
  • A list of all the doctors you currently see and your reasons for seeing them. Please provide names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • A list of medical conditions and all previous operations.
  • A list of all the medications you currently take on a regular basis. Copy the name of the medication, the dosage and the frequency (daily, twice a day, etc.) from the prescription bottle. Don’t forget to include vitamin and mineral supplements or other any over-the-counter medications you take regularly. Your doctor may advise you to stop taking certain medications or supplements a week or two before your surgery.
  • A list of any allergies or adverse reactions you’ve had to drugs or anesthesia in the past. Provide the name of the drug, why you were taking it, a description of your reaction and when this happened.
  • Any dietary restrictions or other health problems you have such as diabetes, asthma, HIV or hepatitis.
  • A list of your insurance coverage, including the name of the insurance company, the plan or group number and contact information. Be sure to bring your insurance cards to the hospital with you.
  • Information about any legal arrangements you have made such as a living will, durable power of attorney, or Advance Directives. Bring a copy of the documents with you to the hospital.
  • Please note: If you’re a minor, your parent or guardian needs to be present the entire time you’re here.
  • Language Services – please let us know if you will need interpreting services.

Please note: If you are an outpatient and receiving anesthesia, you MUST have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours – or your surgery may be cancelled.

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