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Patient Surgery Guide

What to Bring and What to Leave Home

Things to Read
Walker or Crutches
Clothing
Personal Care Items
Dentures
Contacts or Corrective Lenses
Valuables

Things to Read

You may want to bring a book or some magazines to read during times when you are waiting or do not have anything to do.

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Walker or Crutches

If you are having surgery on your leg and you do not have crutches or you do not know how to walk on crutches, let us know before your surgery.

Bring your walker or crutches to the hospital on the day of surgery. You may need to use them during physical therapy and when you are walking in the room, in the hallways, and to and from the bathroom during your stay.

Write your name on your crutches, walker, or cane so you will not lose them on the day of surgery. If you are not able to write your name on these items please ask your healthcare provider for a label with your name on it.

Please be sure to practice using your crutches several days before your surgery.

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Clothing

Wear comfortable clothing on the day of your surgery. You do not need to wear a hospital gown after surgery. Most patients are more comfortable in their own clothing. You can bring things such as a button-down shirt or blouse, loose fitting T-shirt, gym shorts, jogging pants or sweat pants, and a robe.

If you are having surgery on your leg, it is best to wear loose-fitting pants or shorts and supportive shoes. Walking shoes or gym shoes are comfortable in the hospital and help prevent slipping.

If you are having surgery on your stomach, wear loose elastic waist or drawstring pants.

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Personal Care Items

If you are staying in the hospital, you may bring personal items such as slippers and a robe. Bring a few days’ supply of your own personal care items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or hair brush, cosmetics, and a razor.

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Dentures

If you wear dentures, you may be given a denture cup to leave them in while you are in surgery. Please write your name on this cup or ask for a label with your name on it from your healthcare provider. You can also bring your own cup to place your dentures in and give them to your family or friend.

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Contacts or Corrective Lenses

Wear your glasses on the day of surgery. Do not wear contacts. Please give your glasses to your family member or friend when you are in surgery.

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Valuables

Talk with your healthcare provider about how to keep your valuables safe during your hospital stay. We do not have security for these items while you are in surgery.

On the day of your surgery do not bring any valuables unless you have someone who will keep the items for you while you are in surgery.

Do not bring cash or credit cards.

Do not bring jewelry or rings.

Remove any body piercings. You will not be able to wear any jewelry in the operating room including body piercings.

Do not bring electronics such as a cell phone, laptop or tablet.

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