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The Day Before Surgery

The patient is normally admitted to the hospital on the day before surgery. After some paperwork, the patient is taken to the ward. The anesthesiologist discusses the anesthesia with the patient and checks to see whether the patient is taking any other medications. Nurses and caregivers will be available to clarify any additional questions.
 
Because of the anesthesia, food intake is no longer allowed after a certain point in time. Prior to the surgery, tranquillizers or a sleeping pill may be administered.

With any hospital stay, there are always questions about what you need to bring with you. The following list may be helpful in this regard.

What to bring for personal use:
  • Toiletries 
  • Pajamas 
  • Bathrobe 
  • Clothes for exercise and leisure 
  • Flat non-skid shoes 
  • Any required medications 
  • Books, magazines 
  • Contact address of friends and family 
  • Some money
What to bring for hospital use:
  • Any x-rays taken
  • Examination reports 
  • Referrals
  • Health insurance card 
  • Information about any allergies