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Getting Ready for Your Surgery
(For Main Campus Patients)

Your physician’s office will inform you of the time you should arrive at Mass. Eye and Ear. Arriving promptly allows the nurses and physicians to spend adequate time with you to develop your plan of care.

Prior to your surgery you will receive a phone call from our nursing staff to discuss your surgery. For the phone call please have available:

  • Past medical history
  • Current medication list (click to download pdf)
  • HealthCare Proxy/Advanced Directive, if you have one
  • Any questions you might have

Upon arrival at Mass. Eye and Ear, please go to the area directed by your surgeon. From the main lobby take the elevators to either the Adult Ambulatory Unit or the Surgicenter.

If you have a fever or cold the day before surgery, please contact your surgeon’s office.

Healthcare Proxy/Advanced Directive

This is the document (your Advanced Directive) that names the person (your Healthcare Proxy) who you would like to make medical decisions for you if you were unable to make them for yourself.

Health Insurance Information

If you have questions about your health insurance benefits, please contact your insurer. If you need assistance paying your bill, our financial counselors can inform you about financial assistance and insurance options.

See also the health insurance page.

Evening Before Surgery

It is very important that you are well rested before your surgery. Please get as much rest as possible. On the evening before your surgery, write down the name and contact number of the person taking you home from the hospital. You will be asked for this information when you get to the hospital.

Important Information for Patients 

Please click on the links below for important information you will need to review before your surgery.

Letter to Patient

Pre-Operative Guide for Patients and Their Families

Infection Prevention Tips

Medication List

Main Campus Map and Directions (243 Charles Street, Boston Campus)

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