A checklist to complete before your Orthopaedic Surgery at Mass General Hospital.

Pre-Surgical Checklist:
Steps to complete before your surgery

  • Read the information from your doctor’s office. Call your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Schedule to meet with other doctors (like a cardiologist, or primary care doctor) if advised by your doctor before your Pre-Admission Testing phone call.
  • Prepare for your Pre-Admission Testing phone call by gathering your health information including:
    • Allergies
    • Medications
    • Implanted devices
    • Medical history
  • Fill out your pre-surgical assessment online through Patient Gateway. This helps save time on your Pre-Admission Testing phone call.
  • Complete blood draw and testing.
    • Visit the second floor of the Wang Building for blood draw and ECGs.
    • Hours:
      • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
      • Friday: 6:00am - 5:00pm
      • Saturday, Sunday: 9:30am - 3:30pm (on weekends, go to the Medical Walk-in Unit on the first floor of the Wang Building)
  • Complete your Pre-Admission Testing Appointment by phone.
  • Prepare your after-surgery arrangements:
    • Prepare your living space
    • Ensure your prescriptions for your usual medications are filled prior to your surgery
    • Stock up on prepared foods and groceries prior to your surgery
    • Arrange for someone to drop you off at MGH for your surgery and to pick you up at your discharge
  • Follow the instructions for the day of surgery, as advised by your surgeon.