Day of Surgery

What to bring on the day of surgery

  • Photo I.D. Card (driver's license, state photo I.D., or passport)
  • Insurance Card or Workers' Compensation information
  • Prescription Drug Card, if different from the medical insurance card
  • AICD/Pacemaker I.D. Card (make copy if possible), if applicable
  • Social Security Number
  • Emergency Contact Information (name and phone numbers)
  • Responsible adult escort information (name and telephone numbers)
  • Copy of Advanced Directive (Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, a Living Will for Healthcare, or a written Individual Healthcare Instruction)
  • Containers for eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, and dentures
  • Medications that you were instructed by your physician to bring to the hospital (containers must have appropriate labels from the pharmacy)
  • Special supplies or equipment as instructed, such as cane, walker, or wheelchair
  • Items that you will need for recovery and/or discharge, such as a robe or slippers; keep your belongings in your car or have them brought in by your family member after you have a room assigned after your surgery (in-patient)


Do NOT Bring the Following Items on the Day of Surgery

  • Checks, cash or credit cards unless co-payments have to be made upon admission based on insurance carrier requirement. Leave your money or credit cards with your family after payment has been made
  • Sleep apnea machines (may bring own mask if unable to use other masks)
  • Valuables and jewelry, hair clips, pins, or hair spray
  • Wigs and hair pieces maybe removed and replaced by a head cover
  • Prescriptions, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, unless ordered by your doctor
  • Keep in mind that visitors must be 18 years or older