Preparing for Your Stay

Preparing for Your Stay

Marshall Medical Center in El Dorado County

Planning ahead for your stay at the hospital can increase your comfort. Here are some tips that may help.

What to Wear

We recommend that you wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to the hospital. For maximum post-operative comfort, you may want to bring pajamas and a robe to wear on the ride home.


Pre-registering for surgery should ensure that all tests are completed prior to your scheduled procedure. The day before surgery, check with your doctor that results have been duly received and confirm your appointment. Notify your doctor if there are any changes to your health status - such as contracting a fever or catching a cold - in the days before your surgery. See Appointments and Pre-Registration for more information.

Make Transportation Arrangements

Please make arrangements for an adult to bring you to the hospital and accompany you home. Depending on the type of anesthesia your procedure requires, you may need assistance for 12–24 hours after arriving home. Please note that minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

What If I Need To Cancel My Surgery?

In the event that you need to cancel your scheduled procedure, please contact your doctor's office at your earliest convenience.

Extended Hospital Stays

If you are to remain in the hospital following your surgery, leave your suitcase in the car and arrange to have it brought to you once you are in your assigned room. We suggest you pack the below items for your hospital stay. See our inpatient guide for more information.

  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • List of medications
  • Lotion
  • Reading material
  • Robe and slippers
  • Shoehorn
  • Socks
  • Sponge
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Comfortable clothing for the return home
  • Assistive medical devices (such as hearing aids, dentures, inhalers, etc.)

For your return home

Buy chicken soup, crackers, sodas, and Jell-O to have on hand for when you return home after surgery. Chances are you will need a mild, easy to digest diet following your stay.