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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Surgery checklist

For more information,
call 612-863-3138

  • Schedule your history and physical (H & P) exam.
  • Make a copy of your health care directive (or living will) form.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home. If you arrive for your surgical procedure without someone to accompany you home your surgery may have to be cancelled and rescheduled.
  • Communicate your special needs.
  • Avoid smoking, street drugs or alcohol.
  • Complete any preparations as instructed by your doctor.
  • Do not eat or drink the day of your surgery. 
  • Take your physician-approved medications or pain pills as arranged in advance.
  • Remove all jewelry (including wedding rings and body piercings) and contact lenses. Do not bring these items to the hospital.
  • Bring these items to the hospital:
    • container for glasses, dentures, or hearing aids
    • copy of health care declaration (if staying in the hospital)
    • toiletries
    • reports from doctor
    • insurance card and Social Security number
    • no valuables