Preparing for Surgery

From preparation to recovery, Wayne UNC Health Care supports you every step of your surgical journey. Learn what to expect and how to get ready for your procedure.

Pre-Anesthesia Appointment

Your doctor may order a pre-anesthesia appointment. A registered nurse will review your medical history and medication list. You’ll receive tests and bloodwork to check your health and make sure you’re ready for surgery.

Paying for Surgery

Call our financial counselor at 919-731-6112 Monday through Friday to ask about what you may owe for your procedure. If you don’t have insurance coverage or have too little coverage, talk to us about financial assistance.

Patient Financial Services will call you before surgery. In this call, you’ll finish preregistering and confirm your phone number and insurance information.

What to Bring

Bring these items to the hospital:

  • Photo identification (ID)
  • Insurance card
  • Cash, check, or credit card for your copay
  • List of medications (prescription and over-the-counter), vitamins, and supplements you take, including the dose and how often you take them

If you bring a cell phone, wallet, jewelry, or other valuables, leave them with your loved one or guest during surgery.

Service Animals

You may bring a service animal, but not a pet or emotional support animal. Someone must come with you to care for the service animal during surgery.

What to Wear

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that are easy to take off and put on. If you’ll have surgery on your chest, neck, or arms, wear a loose button-up shirt.

For your safety, do not wear:

  • Deodorant if you’ll have a mastectomy or surgery on your shoulder, arm, or hand
  • Jewelry or piercings
  • Perfume, lotion, or nail polish

If you wear glasses, hearing aids, or dentures, leave them with your loved one or guest during surgery.

Eating & Drinking

Unless your doctor tells you to, do not eat or drink anything after midnight before surgery. This includes gum, breath mints, cough drops, or candy.

Taking Medicine

Your doctor and/or nurse will review your medication and supplement list with you. They will tell you what to take and not to take on the day of surgery. You may need to stop some medications several days before your procedure.

The day of surgery, do not take any prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, or supplements if you were told not to.

If you need to take medicine the morning of surgery, you may drink a small sip of water.


If you need to reschedule surgery, tell us as soon as possible. Call your surgeon’s office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. If the surgeon’s office is closed, call 919-731-6218, option 3.

Visiting Hours have changed in response to COVID-19

To minimize COVID-19 exposure and keep patients, visitors and our care team safe, only 1 visitor will be permitted at a time.

Our visiting hours are:

Intensive Care Unit
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Most Inpatient Areas*
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Doors to the main lobby will close at 7:30 PM.

*At this time, patients with COVID-19 may not have visitors.

Contact Us

Learn more about what to expect during your stay at Wayne UNC Health Care. Contact us online or call 919-736-1110.

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