Day of surgery

Please watch the following video and carefully review these guidelines for documents, hygiene, medical equipment and personal items. By following these steps, and taking an active role in your care, you help ensure a more positive surgical experience.


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 directive or durable power of attorney, bring a copy or the original document to your preanesthesia visit. We will make a copy for your chart.

If you would like to create a legal advance directive and/or designate a durable power of attorney for healthcare decisions, we can help. Forms are available in admissions and the preanesthesia testing clinic. Once you’ve completed them, they can be notarized in admissions. Be sure to contact your insurance provider prior to your surgery to confirm benefits and receive approval for your procedure.


Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding bathing and showering. If you didn’t 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.

Medical equipment

Bring the following if you use them:

  • Inhaler
  • Hearing aid
  • CPAP/BiPAP (please bring mask and machine)

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

Personal items

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Don’t wear makeup or fingernail polish, and 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 and partials. You must remove these items before going into the operating room. You may want to bring a pillow to help position yourself for comfort during your ride home.

If you’re admitted to the health system after your surgery or procedure, leave your overnight bag in the car. A family member can get it for you after you've been assigned to a room. The University of Kansas Health System is not responsible for the loss or breakage of personal items. Leave money, jewelry and other valuables at home.