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Before Inpatient Surgery


A pre-op appointment or phone call assessment will be scheduled to review the surgery process and any concerns you might have before your surgery. 

Expect to stay up to two hours for this appointment. Phone call assessments may take up to 30 minutes.

Please bring all of your medications (including vitamins and herbal supplements) in their actual containers, to your pre-op appointment. You are permitted to eat and drink the day of this visit.

Pre-Surgery Instructions

  • You may need to visit the hospital before your surgery date for pre-operative testing such as blood tests, X-rays, or an EKG. Please complete all requested tests beforehand or your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.

  • Speak with Patient Registration when they call to gather registration information.

  • Your surgeon may ask you to meet with an anesthesiologist before your surgery. You will be contacted to schedule that appointment.

  • If you smoke, reduce or stop smoking one week before surgery.

  • Arrange for someone to take care of your children, pets and other home obligations.

  • Arrange for a responsible adult to take you home and to stay with you overnight the day of your discharge.

  • Call your surgeon if you develop a cold, fever or change in health before your surgery.

  • Pack your suitcase, being sure to pack only what you need and leaving valuables at home.

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless you receive specific instructions from the anesthesiologist or nurse. This includes water, coffee, tea, candy and gum.

  • You may take regular medications with a sip of water unless instructed not to by the anesthesiologist or nurse. Failing to follow this specific guideline may cause your surgery to be canceled.

  • If you become ill or need to postpone your surgery for any reason, please call your doctor and the hospital staff as soon as possible.

Help at Home

Homecare services are available for those who may need help at home after surgery.

Speak with your physician before surgery to coordinate these services or call MaineGeneral HomeCare toll-free (800) 670-6959.