Richmond's Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists

Preparing for Surgery

Prepare yourself and those around you before surgery. The more support you have before your procedure, the less anxious you will feel during the process. Here is a checklist of what you can do ahead of time to make your recovery optimal.

  • Determine who will be taking you home after your procedure.
  • Plan to have a responsible adult stay overnight with you for the first 24 hours after you have been discharged.
  • Discuss with your surgeon the pain management plan so you know exactly what to do if you should feel any discomfort or pain.
  • Obtain postoperative prescriptions and have them filled before your surgery day.
  • Ask if you should pre-schedule your postoperative visits or wait until after your procedure.
  • Follow all specific preoperative instructions regarding eating, drinking, taking medicines, etc. Be open and honest with your surgeon if you were not able to comply.
  • Bring a list of all your current medications with you—name, dose, schedule.
  • Enlist friends and family to stock your refrigerator or freezer with premade, easy to reheat meals.
  • Contact the Medarva Stony Point Surgery Center or HCA hospital in advance of your procedure to pre-register, confirm preoperative instructions, or ask questions about your financial responsibility for the facility and anesthesia fees.