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Phone: 708-478-8889
Fax: 708-478-8507

Before Your Surgery Checklist


We ask that you complete the online preoperative registration form as soon as your surgery has been scheduled.  We need to receive your registration form prior to your procedure date.  If not received, the Pre-Admission Department will be contacting you prior to your date of service. In the presurgical registration form you will be given the option to receive preoperative texts pertaining to your appointment. If you chose not to receive texts, a Preadmission nurse will call you the day before your surgery, review special instructions and answer any questions you have.  If you have not received a call or text by 2 PM the business day before your surgery or have additional questions, please call us at 708-478-8889.

You may receive a financial phone call from a member of our Billing Team to discuss your Estimated Patient Responsibility (EPR) due on Date of Service (DOS).  Estimated Patient Responsibility may include your insurance deductible, co-insurance, and facility co-pay.  Remember that your bill from the facility is separate from the bills you will be receiving from your surgeon and your anesthesia provider.


Notify the Center & Your surgeon if:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, any skin blemishes, or irritations at the surgical site between your last visit to your doctor and the day of surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or certain herbal medicines, or antibiotics.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.


Follow these instructions to prepare for surgery and to prevent delay or cancellation.


  1. Food and Drink:

Do NOT drink or eat anything after midnight prior to the day of surgery except for sips of water with your allowed medication.  You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything.

You may be allowed to eat and drink only with the following exceptions:

  • If you are having a spinal injection WITHOUT sedation, you may have a light meal the day of your procedure, such as toast, fruit, cereal.  It is also extremely important to be well hydrated prior to your procedure by drinking 8-12 ounces of water.
  • If your procedure is scheduled later than 2 PM, you may have a light breakfast before 6 AM.
  1. Medications:

There are certain medications that you need to hold on the morning of surgery or prior to surgery.  If you are taking any of the following, please call for further instructions:

  • All oral diabetic medications
  • Insulin
  • Certain blood pressure medications and all diuretics
  • NSAIDs, Aspirin, Blood Thinners, Fish Oil
  1. Alcohol/Tobacco and other related products:

Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival. It is strongly encouraged to avoid alcohol the day prior to surgery, as alcohol causes the body to become dehydrated.

Please refrain from using any form of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes/vaporizers, marijuana, etc. for 48 hours prior to surgery.

  1. Makeup, Jewelry, Piercings, Contact Lenses, Valuables:

Please remove all these items prior to leaving your house the day of surgery.  This includes wedding rings and ALL body piercings.  Rings that cannot be removed may need to be cut off prior to surgery.  If you are concerned about removing piercings, please consult your surgeon.

Do not wear make-up, body lotion, or deodorant on the day of surgery. Please leave valuables at home.

  1. Clothing:

Wear simple, (minimal buttons, zippers) comfortable clothing that is loose enough to fit over a bulky dressing or cast.  Footwear such as flip flops, sandals and dress shoes are unsafe and are not suitable for walking safely after surgery.

  1. Items to bring:
  • Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, phone numbers and addresses, list of medications, MRI discs
  • Braces or splints supplied by your doctor
  • Glass case, contact lens holder
  1. Supportive Care:
  • Driver: You must plan to have a responsible adult over the age of 18 drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or public transportation.
  • Escort: If you received sedation, a friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care for children:  If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 2 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter:  If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required.  An interpreting service is available at the center.