Preparing for surgery information and instructions
Affirmations for surgery
Before surgery exercise program schedule
Current medicine list
Home exercise program schedule
Home and equipment worksheet
Personal items to bring for your hospital stay checklist
Preparing your home for your needs after surgery checklist
Questions for my surgeon at my surgery follow-up appointment
A health care directive (previously called a living will) gives your family direction on what medical care you want or don't want if you can't communicate. This document gives you the chance to write out your wishes. Those wishes will be legally respected.
It is suggested that all people, even those not currently ill or having surgery, make sure their loved ones are aware of their wishes. A health care directive is a way to do that
If you have a health care directive, bring a copy of it with you when you come to the hospital for surgery. It will be a permanent part of your medical record.
Learn more about advance care planning.
Your health care team can give you the health care directive booklet to complete, if you wish.
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