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How To Prepare Yourself For Surgery

Surgery is performed to correct a problem or make you feel better, whether you’re having a mole removed or a knee replaced, a hernia repaired or a heart valve replaced.

Your procedure might be performed in the hospital, at an outpatient surgery center or even in your doctor’s office. Whatever type of surgery you’re having and wherever you have it, you most likely will be given some type of anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Planning ahead for surgery and anesthesia can help ensure a successful procedure and smooth recovery. The Preparing for Surgery: An Anesthesia Checklist will help ensure your access to safe, high-quality care. See the checklist below so as to help you prepare for surgery.