What do I need to do to prepare for my surgery?

You must arrange for a responsible person to bring you to the hospital on the day of your surgery. That person will also need to receive your discharge instructions after your surgery and drive you home.
 
You should arrange for someone to stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery.
 
You must pre-register. If registration has not contacted you prior to your appointment, please call them at 207.973.8900 or 1.888.973.8900 between 7 am and 7 pm, Monday through Friday.
   
Be ready to take a call from a nurse from Surgical Navigation. Make sure your phone numbers are up to date in our system! We will call you prior to your surgery to review your health history, confirm your time, review your pre-surgery instructions, and answer any questions you may have. Please have a list of your medications, including dosage and frequency, available during this call.
 
You will need a COVID-19 test prior to surgery (unless you are having local anesthesia only). A Surgical Navigation provider will order your test and someone from our department will call you about a week before your surgery to give you the details about getting the test.
 
Helpful information as you prepare for your surgery

Your Surgery Experience Video
Preparing for your colonoscopy
Information on pain management
Pre-op shower instructions
Preparing for your C-section
        C Section - Enhanced recovery after surgery guide
Pressure ulcer prevention FAQs
Preventing surgical site infections
Total joint pre-op shower instructions
Herbal and dietary supplements and anesthesia

Colorectal - Enhanced recovery after surgery guide