Here are some things to think about and questions to ask.
Questions to ask your doctor about your care.
What will happen during my treatment?
How long will I stay in the hospital?
Who will be in charge of my care while I am in the hospital?
How will pain be managed?
Do I need to stop any medicines before the surgery?
Can I meet with the surgeon ahead of time?
Can I meet with the anesthesiologist ahead of time?
Ask your doctor about your care after you are discharged.
How long will it take to recover once I am home?
How much help will I need?
Will I need to stay in a nursing or rehabilitation facility before I go home?
If yes, can I choose where to go?
How can I arrange to see a discharge planner at the hospital, to help me plan for my needs at home?
Call your health plan and ask about your costs and benefits.
Is there a hospital deductible? If so, what is it?
What is the co-pay or co-insurance?
Choose someone to be your spokesperson and advocate.
Tell the hospital who this person is.
List things to take with you.
Medicines you need to keep taking.
Alcohol-based hand cleaner for you and your visitors to use.
Toothbrush and other necessities (leave jewelry and cosmetics at home).