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Before Your Surgery

Preparing for your surgery.

We understand that undergoing surgery can be a stressful experience and you probably have questions about your procedure and hospital stay. The following information is designed to help you feel informed, comfortable and welcomed while you’re with us.

What to Bring
To ensure your safety and the accuracy and integrity of your medical records, you will be asked to provide proof of your identity upon check-in. Please be sure to bring a government-issued ID card (i.e., driver’s license, passport, etc.), as well as your insurance card. We also welcome and encourage you to bring personal items, which will make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Hospital gowns are provided, but you may wish to bring your own:
  • Nightwear
  • Robe
  • Slippers 
  • Toiletries

What NOT to Bring
Since most small electrical appliances do not meet the strict electrical safety regulations of the hospital, we ask that you please leave them at home. This includes items such as:

  • Shavers
  • Hairdryers
  • Radios

You may want to keep a small amount of money with you to purchase newspapers or television service. However, expensive items like jewelry or large sums of money should be left at home. If that’s not possible, you may ask your nurse to have your valuables stored in the hospital’s safe. Ask your nurse to make arrangements to retrieve items stored in the safe weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. If you are going to be discharged on the weekend, someone from Safety and Security will retrieve your valuables.

If you are bringing dentures, eyeglasses or a hearing aid with you, please be sure to tell the admitting nurse that you have these items. It is the goal of the hospital to ensure all patient property remains safeguarded during your stay.

Patient Forms
We want to make your surgery and stay at Rochester General Hospital as smooth as possible. To save you time and stress when you come in for your surgery, we’ve provided the following forms online for you to review at your convenience before your visit.
Patient Services
Preparing for a surgery can bring up a lot of questions. We’ve created a list of common patient-related topics so you will know what to expect before, during and after your stay.
Your Hospital Stay
To make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible after your surgery, we’ve created a list of common patient-related topics so you will know what to expect before, during and after your stay.
Other Considerations
You should also consider the following preoperative matters before any elective (non-emergency) procedure: 
If you have additional questions about preparing for your surgery, please call Patient Information at (585) 922-4528.