Question: What do I need to bring with me to the hospital on the day of my surgery?
Depending on the type of surgery, the hospital stay is typically 1-3 days. Most people spend the first day or two recovering from the anesthesia while dealing with the fog of pain medication. The patient’s main job in the hospital is to drink liquids (as soon as they are allowed) and walk around as much as possible.
The hospital will supply you with nearly everything you will need for your stay. Most hospitals provide you with a personal toiletries kit, but feel free to bring your own deodorant, toothbrush, etc.
- Phone, charger and extension cord.
- Lip balm will relieve some of the discomfort from the dry mouth and chapped lips caused by the air tube used during surgery.
- Lightweight bag with basic personal care items. (we just happen to have the perfect carryall bag here).
- Loose fitting pajama pants or shorts to wear under your hospital gown.
- Loose fitting, comfy clothes for the trip home
- CPAP is required if you use one
- Small, dense pillow to hold against your incision for the ride home (we carry them here).
We’ve searched all over and found the perfect pillow for the ride home from the hospital, to hold against your incisions when getting out of bed or walking. Great for neck and back support and recovery from gallbladder removal, C-section or other abdominal surgeries.
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