Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

If you are having surgery at Swedish, the staff in your surgeon’s office will give you a packet of forms and information that tell you what you need to know about admission to the hospital.

You will be scheduled for a pre-admission visit at the hospital, where a registered nurse will walk you through your upcoming surgery, answer your questions about being admitted to the hospital, and address any special needs or concerns you may have.

The nurse will talk to you about what your needs might be after surgery, from getting some in-home help if you live alone to ordering special equipment for greater mobility. They will help you take care of any presurgical lab work or tests your doctor may have ordered.

Insurance questions can also be answered, either in the preadmission office or by the staff at Patient Registration. See also insurance and financial resources

Talk to Someone or Make an Appointment


What to Expect

Prepare for your initial consultation and surgery
Talk to your doctor, preparing for your surgery & hospital visit

Counseling and Support

Help is available for patients and familites to deal with emotions such as anxiety, stress and depression. Counseling and Support

About Nutrional & Herbal Supplements

Some nutritional and herbal supplements can increase side effects or prevent treatments from working as planned. Take special care with nutritional and herbal supplements 


Lymphedema is swelling of an arm or leg that sometimes occurs when lymph nodes are removed.  Learn about lymphedema prevention & management. 


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