Preparing for surgery

We want you to have a positive patient experience before and after your surgery. We are here to answer your questions, ease your concerns and prepare you for the best possible outcome.

Carefully review the following guidelines. By following these steps, and taking an active role in your care, you help ensure a more positive surgical experience.

Eating and drinking

Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your procedure unless approved by your surgeon, anesthesiologist or registered nurse. This includes gum, mints, candy and chewing tobacco. If you need to take medication the morning of your procedure, take it with a small amount of water.


Follow preoperative medication instructions from your surgeon, anesthesiologist, preanesthesia pharmacist or registered nurse. Also follow any instructions regarding medications from your cardiologist. If you have questions, call your surgeon or the preanesthesia testing clinic at the location where your surgery is scheduled to be performed.

When to arrive

The afternoon before your procedure, your surgeon or staff at the preanesthesia testing clinic will contact you about when to arrive. If you’re having a procedure on a Monday, we'll notify you on the preceding Friday. If you haven’t heard from us by the afternoon on the business day before your surgery, call the preanesthesia clinic to confirm your arrival time.

Notify your physician if:

  • There is any possibility you are pregnant.
  • You become ill with a cough, fever, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms.

Notify Same-Day Surgery if:

  • You need to cancel your procedure.
  • You are going to be late.

For procedures at the main hospital campus, visit The University of Kansas Hospital or call:

  • Before 4:30 p.m., 913-588-4597 or 844-323-1227
  • After 4:30 p.m., 913-588-2880

For procedures at our Indian Creek Campus, visit The University of Kansas Hospital  ΜΆ  Indian Creek Campus or call:

  • Before 5 p.m., 913-689-2047
  • After 5 p.m., 913-529-2903

For procedures at KU MedWest, visit KU MedWest or call:

  • 913-588-8411 or toll free 844-323-1227.