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Preparing for urologic surgery involves a number of factors, both mental and physical. As you approach your surgery date, consider how you can best prepare yourself for the procedure and the following healthy recovery.

Mentally Prepare
One of the ways to reduce the stress that can surround surgery is to be well informed about the procedure and the recovery process. Ask your surgeon any questions you have regarding the procedure, and don't be afraid to ask questions that may seem silly.

Questions to Ask your Surgeon:

  • Where will the surgery be performed?
  • What will happen during the procedure?
  • How does robot-assisted surgery actually work?
  • What are the risks?
  • How long will the surgery and recovery take?
To Do Before Surgery:
  • Set up a plan for transport to and from the hospital
  • Make arrangements for time off of work and assistance at home for recovery
  • Make the necessary arrangements to avoid strenuous activity after surgery
  • Prepare for healing by reading the post-surgical recommendations related to your procedure

Preparing for Surgery
While your surgical team will advise you on the specific actions you need to take before undergoing surgery, here are some basic preparation requirements:

  • Do not eat or drink anything (except your regular medication with a sip of water) after midnight the day before your surgery or your surgery may have to be postponed or rescheduled for your own safety.
  • You may have clear fluids until eight hours prior to surgery.
  • Clear fluids include water; clear juices, clear soft drinks, e.g. ginger ale; tea or coffee.
  • Do not have milk, soups or alcoholic beverages.
  • Allow for specific pre-op instructions (i.e. vasectomy, robotic prostatectomy, or prostate biopsy)

Before Surgery Instructions
While your surgical team will advise you on the specific actions you need to take before undergoing surgery, here are some basic preparation requirements:

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