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Preparing for your surgery
daVinci Robotic surgery
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)
reports from doctor
insurance card and Social Security number