If you’re planning to have surgery, you’ll want to spend some time preparing. That means taking care of your health, learning as much as you can about the procedure, and getting to know the people who will be taking care of you. Ask your surgeon to explain the benefits, risks, and expectations of the procedure. Discuss what type of anesthesia will be given and what recovery time is expected. Follow any specific preoperative instructions. Planning ahead can help ensure you have a successful procedure and heal faster with a smooth recovery. To help you feel prepared and as relaxed and confident as possible, please take the time to read our Preparing for Surgery patient’s guide.