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Getting ready for surgery

There's a lot to know and do to get ready for a successful surgery. We're here to help. The following information can help you prepare for a successful procedure and understand what to expect.

Complete pre-surgical testing

Your doctor may order tests before surgery.

Read our surgery guide

White Plains Hospital has created a detailed guide to help you prepare for surgery. The guide has extensive information, including:

  • A pre-op checklist for patients
  • Information about what to expect when you arrive for surgery, including where to go when you get to the Hospital
  • Information about anesthesia and pain management
  • An overview of the discharge process
  • Infection prevention tips
  • Contact information
  • Billing information

Download the surgery guide (English)

Download the surgery guide (Español)

Preparing for surgery video

Fill out pre-op forms

You may download the following pre-op forms and bring them to your appointment.

PACU Visitation Policy

As soon as your loved one is settled, the PACU nurse will call the Waiting Room and communicate when one family member can see the patient for a short visit. The Post-anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) will allow one visitor at a time to see patients postoperatively, and will continue to provide timely updates on patient’s status and plan of care. Visitation can be suspended at any time at the discretion of the PACU team to ensure patient safety.