Prepare for Surgery | Torrance Memorial | South Bay

Prepare for Surgery

Pre-Admission Registration & Testing

As part of your preparation for surgery, your surgeon will ask you to undergo certain pre-operative tests and procedures, such as:

  • Pre-operative physical exam and medical clearance from your primary care physician
  • Blood donation (in case you need a transfusion)
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Advance directives

Early Admit

Please visit our pre-registration/pre-testing office, located on the first floor of Lundquist Tower, to register for your surgery. No appointment is necessary. A nurse will ask you about your medical history, family history and home medication.

  • Located: Lundquist Tower, 1st floor
  • Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM

What to Bring to the Hospital

If you are having total joint replacement, you can expect to be in the hospital for three or four days. For other procedures, your surgeon will provide an estimate of how long you can expect to stay. Pack everything you will need to be comfortable but please remember to leave valuables at home!

Please bring the following items with you for your hospital stay:

  • Rubber soled, non-skid shoes or closed back slippers
  • Dentures, hearing aid and/or glasses, if needed
  • Loose fitting, comfortable clothing for physical therapy, such as sweatpants or lounge wear
  • List of all medications (including over the counter, vitamins and supplements) that you take, along with the dosage, regular schedule and the timing of the last pill(s) you take prior to your surgery. Your surgeon will have advised you in advance whether you should stop taking any medications in advance and/or the night before and day of your surgery.
  • Please do not bring any medications with you to the hospital - all medications should be left at home.

Schedule an Appointment

Scheduling: 310-517-4738

Pre-Registration: 310-517-4754

Pre-Testing: 310-784-4887

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Download Our Surgical Guide

We've created this guide to help prepare you for what to expect before, during and after surgery. This guide includes details about perioperative instructions, information for the day of surgery, and guidance about what to expect after you go home. It's important to review all the information.

Download Surgical Guide [PDF]

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