Things to Know

  • Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor or nurse, do not eat or drink anything (not even water) after midnight, the night before your surgery.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes without heels. You will be asked to change into a surgical gown before surgery.
  • Please do not wear jewelry.
  • Please do not bring other valuables.
  • Santa Cruz Surgery Center will not be responsible for any lost articles.
  • On the day of surgery, you should take only those medications that your doctor or nurse tells you to.
  • If your doctor has given you a prescription for post-operative medication, please have it filled prior to the day of your procedure.
Home Care:
  • You may feel drowsy or unsteady the day and evening after surgery. It is important for your safety to have a responsible adult with you at home following your surgery.
  • If your child is having surgery, you may be with him or her during the pre-operative and recovery phase. We suggest that you not bring other children with you since, for safety reasons, they are not allowed in patient care areas.

Before Surgery Checklist

✓ Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes
✓ Leave all jewelry and valuables at home
✓ Bring cases for eyeglasses, contacts, or dentures
✓ Bring insurance identification cards, driver’s license, co-payments, etc.
✓ If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever, or rash in the days before your surgery, please notify your doctor.
✓ Make sure you have a ride home, and someone to take care of you when you get home
✓ Bring a bottle or “sippy cup” for your child post-operatively
✓ Remove any body piercing jewelry