Day Before Surgery

The day before surgery, you should receive a phone call from UH Cleveland Medical Center to inform you of the scheduled surgery time (some offices may ask you to call them). If you have not received a call by 3 p.m. the day before the procedure, call 1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273) to find out the correct time to arrive.

Planning Ahead

  • If you are scheduled to go home on the same day as surgery, you must have a responsible adult to drive you home following your procedure.
  • We strongly suggest that a responsible adult be with you for the rest of the day and also the night following your procedure. This is for your protection and safety since you may not be as alert as usual.
  • Children under 12 years old are not allowed to visit in the surgery center.


Patients who are being admitted to the hospital overnight or longer may bring the following items with them:

  • Personal items: glasses, hearing aids, teeth, cosmetics. The hospital will provide toiletries, but you can also bring your own from home
  • Reading and writing materials: books, magazines, note cards, laptop computer
  • Music: CD, iPod, MP3 with earphones
  • Personal cell phone
  • A change of clothing to go home in
  • Key prosthetic devices or equipment: CPAP, prosthetic limbs. Be sure to label any such equipment with your name

The following items should not be brought to the hospital and/or sent home while you are admitted to the hospital:

  • Valuables: wallet, cash, and credit cards
  • Jewelry: you will not be able to keep jewelry on during surgery
  • Medical equipment: wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen tanks

University Hospitals can not be responsible for lost or stolen personal belongings. You must put a lock on all your personal items. Locks can be purchased in the Atrium Gift Shop.

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