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Patient Surgery Guide

Checklist Before Surgery


Get a good night's sleep before your surgery.

Checklist Before Surgery

  1. Follow instructions for Food and Liquid Before Surgery (find in My Surgery Folder).
  2. Do not drink alcoholic drinks or smoke 24 hours before your surgery.
  3. Do not shave near the place where you will have surgery.
  4. Complete any special skin care instructions. Do not put any lotion, moisturizer or makeup on your body or use hair care products.
  5. Brush your teeth the morning of your surgery, do not swallow any water.
  6. Follow all instructions from your doctor and your anesthesiologist including if you should take your medications. If you do take medicine, use only small sips of water.
  7. Wear comfortable clothing on the day of your surgery.
  8. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  9. Bring these items with you:
  • Photo ID and all insurance cards.
  • Patient Medical History for Anesthesia (in folder) including a list of all your medications. Fill out before you arrive.
  • Instruction sheet for Getting Your Skin Ready for Surgery (in folder).
  • Copy of any tests done outside of University of Chicago Medicine that you did not already give to your doctor or anesthesiologist.
  • Copy of your Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare or Living Will if you have one.
  • Any questions you want to ask your doctor. Bring something to write down important information you do not want to forget.
  • Cases for your glasses, contacts or dentures as needed.

Call If You Are Sick or Cannot Come for Your Surgery

If you get a cold or the flu or cannot come to surgery, call the office right away to reschedule or cancel your surgery appointment: 773-795-4608