Pre-Surgery Preparations

When you've made plans to undergo an operation, you'll be asked to do more than just put on a hospital gown. Most pre-surgery instructions begin several weeks before the actual surgery.

You'll be advised to stop taking certain medications, vitamins or herbal supplements that could contribute to excess bleeding. You'll also be required to stop smoking. And depending on your current health conditions and weight, you may be required to have certain diagnostic tests to ensure your body can safely handle surgery.