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What to tell your doctor

Before your surgery, it is important to tell your doctor if you:

  • are pregnant
  • have ever had diabetes, kidney problems, high blood pressure, seizures, heart problems or breathing problems
  • are taking any prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbals and/or vitamins
  • are currently taking any pain medicines
  • have an allergy to X-ray dye
  • have an allergy to latex
  • have an allergy to medicines or foods
  • have MRSA or VRE or have been diagnosed with a medicine-resistant bacteria
  • have false teeth, any prosthesis, or contact lenses
  • have any health changes (sore throat, cold, fever, dental problem, urinating problem) or skin changes (rash, cuts, etc.)
  • need an interpreter at the hospital. Tell your doctor what language you need.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, What You Need to Know About Surgery, surg-ahc-21686

First published: 01/15/2011
Last updated: 01/15/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts