Packing for the Hospital
Our advice for this is to pack lightly! The hospital supplies patients with gowns, non-skid footies, and a small personal hygiene pack which has a toothbrush, tissue, soap, and a comb.
Most patients use hospital gowns at least for the first day or two after surgery. If you prefer bringing your own clothes, be sure that they are comfortable and loose fitting. They also should allow for easy access to the operative site since this area is checked frequently to be sure no problems develop. Shorts are a popular item for Physical Therapy sessions. Avoid gowns or other clothing made of nylon – they tend to make people perspire and become uncomfortable when in bed for any length of time.
- Footwear – Any closed back, flat shoe or slipper with a non-skid sole is appropriate for the post-op period. Tennis shoes are ideal and inexpensive.
- Toiletries – Items such as deodorant, combs, toothbrushes, etc. should be brought with you as desired.