What to do before surgery

Pre-surgery Planning for Your Rehab Stay

If you’re scheduled for surgery and know you’ll need rehabilitation care, now is the perfect time to begin planning to make the process as smooth as possible. Below is a checklist of steps you’ll want to take before your surgery.

  • Schedule tours and compare facilities. If possible, arrange a tour of all the different facilities you’re considering. Look closely at each one and ask as many questions as possible. Talk to patients who’ve been through each center–personal experiences can give you a very good idea of what to expect.
    Use our how-to guide for choosing the right rehab.
  • Speak with your insurance company. Once you know you’ll be needing rehabilitation care after a surgery, its important to speak with your insurance company to understand what options you have, and what is and isn’t covered.
  • Assemble paperwork. Before surgery, you’ll need to assemble a number of important documents to have with you or have easy access to. These documents include:
    • Proof of citizenship or residency (passport, birth certificate, or state-issued photo ID)
    • Medicare, Medicaid, social security, health insurance cards, prescription drug cards
    • Advanced directives
    • Any applicable power of attorney paperwork
  • Contact your admissions director. Once you’ve chosen a facility, contact the admissions director as soon as possible to discuss the details of your stay. They will be able to assist you in coordinating your stay and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
  • At the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital on your surgery date, notify your case manager or discharge planner so they can coordinate with the facility you’ve chosen.