On the Day of Your Surgery


Please carefully review the following guidelines for eating and drinking, medications, hygiene, personal items, medical equipment and documents. 

You must arrange transportation to and from the hospital. Due to the effects of the anesthesia, you will not be allowed to drive a car or operate heavy machinery for a minimum of 24 hours after your procedure. Taxi transportation is allowed only for those patients who are accompanied by a responsible adult. If you are having an outpatient procedure, arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.

Eating and drinking

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your procedure unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon, the clinic anesthesiologist or registered nurse. For your safety, gum, mints, candy, chewing tobacco, etc., are also not allowed after midnight. If you have been instructed to take medication the morning of your procedure, take it with a small amount of water. Do not substitute any other liquid. If you eat or drink prior to your procedure, you will be at high risk for serious complications. Your procedure may need to be rescheduled.


Follow preoperative instructions given to you by your surgeon, anesthesiologist, pre-anesthesia pharmacist or registered nurse. Additionally, follow any instructions regarding medications given to you by your cardiologist. If you have any questions, please call your surgeon or the pre-anesthesia testing clinic at 913.588.6217 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Follow your surgeon's instructions regarding bathing and showering. If you did not receive instructions, you may bathe or shower the morning of your procedure with antibacterial soap. Brush your teeth and tongue the morning of your procedure. For safety purposes, do not use a tampon the day of your procedure.

Personal items

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Do not wear makeup or fingernail polish. For your safety, remove all jewelry and piercings. If you wear contact lenses, please wear your glasses the morning of your surgery or procedure. Bring a storage container for your glasses/contacts, dentures, partials, etc. You must remove these items before entering the operating room. You may want to bring a pillow to help position yourself for comfort during your ride home. If you are going to by admitted after your surgery or procedure, please leave your overnight bag in the car. A family member may retrieve it for you after you've been assigned to a room. The University of Kansas Hospital is not responsible for the loss or breakage of personal items. It is best to leave money, jewelry and other valuables at home.

Medical equipment

Bring the following if you use them:

  • Inhaler
  • Hearing aid
  • CPAP/BiPAP (masks only)

If you have an internal medical device such as a pacemaker or AICD, please bring the medical device identification card.


Bring personal identification and your insurance card. If you are a legal guardian to the patient, you must bring official documents showing guardianship. If you have a living will, advance directives or durable power of attorney, bring a copy or the original document to your pre-anesthesia visit. We will make a copy to place in your chart.

If you would like to create a legal advance directive and/or designate a durable power of attorney for health care decisions, we can help you with the process. Forms are available in Admissions and the pre-anesthesia testing clinic. Read them thoroughly, and fill them out as instructed. These documents can then be notarized in Admissions.

Be sure to contact your insurance provider prior to your surgery to confirm benefits and receive approval for your procedure.

Where to go

When you arrive at the hospital, go to admissions, located just off the hospital’s main lobby, across from the information desk.

Parking and transportation

Parking is available in the Cambridge parking garage, directly across from the hospital's main entrance. Have your ticket validated at the information desk before you leave the hospital. Valet parking is also available from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday for those who need assistance.


As a courtesy to other families and visitors, you may have two visitors in the waiting room and surgery prep area. If possible, leave children at home. Please remember that young children must have an adult with them at all times and may not be left unattended. If you will have additional people accompanying you, we recommend they wait in the cafeteria.

Patient history questionnaire

Complete, print and bring this questionnaire to your appointment.