Seven Days Prior
Approximately one week prior to your surgery, a member of the preadmission department will call you to complete your preadmission medical history and obtain a list of your medications. If are taking a blood thinner or are on aspirin products, ibuprofen, Motrin, Plavix, or NSAIDS and you have not received instructions from your prescribing provider on when or if to discontinue prior to your surgery, please call them today to receive those instructions.
One Day Prior
On the business day prior to your surgery, a member of the preadmission department will call you to provide your surgery time, arrival time to the hospital, and all final instructions. Please have the About Your Surgery booklet available when you receive this call.
If you have not been called by 4 p.m., please contact the hospital preadmission testing department. 717-960-3465 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note: the preadmission department is closed on holidays and weekends.
The night before your surgery, do not drink any alcoholic beverages. Patients should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed on the preadmission call.
Do not smoke after midnight prior to your surgery or procedure.
In general, you can take all medications, including pain and acid reduction medications as well as beta-blockers, early in the morning of your surgery with a sip of water. There are some exceptions, so please discuss your list of medications during the preadmission call.
You may want to consider drafting an advance directive before your surgery or admission to the hospital, if you haven't already.
An advance directive is a written document that expresses your wishes for medical care if you become incompetent or incapacitated.
- Living wills
- Health care agents
- Powers of attorney
Learn more about UPMC's advance directives.