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Abdominal perineal resection: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for abdominal perineal resection, surgery to remove the rectum and anus. This surgery is usually done to treat cancer.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 11/2014
Abdominal vascular surgery: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for and what to expect after having abdominal vascular surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2011
Abdominoplasty or panniculectomy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or panniculectomy surgery.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 7/2015
About hair transplantation: Helping you understand your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect from hair transplantation. Patients should read this handout before reading and signing the form "Hair Transplantation."
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 8/2007
About your colectomy: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a colectomy operation. It includes how to prepare for surgery, what to expect afterward, recovering in your hospital room, and precautions and self-care to speed your recovery at home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
About your follow-up visit: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout gives follow-up appointment information for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center. It includes written directions for finding the clinic.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
About your hand surgery: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout provides care instructions to follow after hand surgery. It also answers many common questions about hand surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2007
About your medicines: For lung transplant patients  
Abstract: This handout for lung transplant patients describes many of the medicines that must be taken after transplantation. These include immunosuppressants, anti-infectives and antifungals, antivirals, and other supplements and drugs. It includes a short warning about drug-food interactions and a sample list of what drugs a lung transplant patient is likely to take, including times of day.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2016
About your procedure: Testicular fine needle aspiration mapping  
Abstract: This handout explains testicular fine needle aspiration (FNA) mapping. This procedure is used to determine the presence, density, and location of sperm. Included are specific instructions for preparing for the procedure and what to expect afterward.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your procedure: UroLift  
Abstract: This handout describes a UroLift procedure to treat an enlarged prostate. It also gives instructions to follow before and after the procedure.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 1/2016
About your procedure: Vasectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having a vasectomy. It includes specific instructions for the day of the procedure, self-care afterward, and instructions for the follow-up visit for semen analysis.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2016
About your surgery experience: Getting ready for your surgery at University of Washington Medical Center   Arabic
Abstract: This booklet explains what to expect when having surgery at UWMC. It includes pre-surgery clinic visit, medicine restrictions before surgery, anesthesia, what happens the day and morning before surgery, arriving at the hospital, what happens in the pre-operating area and recovery room, and home care instructions. Helpful phone numbers and maps are also included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 5/2016
About your surgery: Hydrocele repair  
Abstract: This handout describes what a hydrocele is and gives instructions to follow before and after hydrocele repair surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Penile plication  
Abstract: This handout explains penile plication, which is surgery to correct a curved penis. Included are what happens during and after surgery, self-care at home, and possible side effects or complications.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Penile prosthesis  
Abstract: This handout explains penile prosthetic surgery. This surgery is done to correct sexual dysfunction. Included are what to expect after surgery, cautions, possible side effects or complications, and other options to consider besides surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your procedure: Simple orchiectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a simple orchiectomy, which is surgery to remove one or both testicles. It tells what to expect after surery and gives important self-care instructions.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2017
About your surgery: Spermatocelectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having spermatocelectomy surgery. This is surgery to remove a spermatocele, which is a cyst that forms behind the testicles.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Testis prosthesis  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having testis prosthesis surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)  
Abstract: This handout describes a transurethral resection of the prostate. It also gives instructions to follow before and after the surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 3/2017
About your surgery: Varicocele repair  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having surgery to repair varicoceles. These dilated veins can cause infertility, pain, and testicular atrophy.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
About your surgery: Vasectomy reversal  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after having surgery to reverse a vasectomy. This surgery is done to help couples reach their long-term family planning goals.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2016
Activities of daily living after abdominal surgery  
Abstract: This handout guides recovery after abdominal surgery. It includes general precautions, and how to protect your abdomen with step-by-step instructions on how to get into and out of bed, stand up from sitting, get dressed, and take a shower.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 6/2012
Activities of daily living after heart surgery: Guidelines for maintaining sternal precautions  
Abstract: This handout provides general precautions to protect the sternum after heart surgery. Included are tips for performing activities of daily living (ADLs) while maintaining sternal precautions: how to get into and out of bed, how to stand up from a chair or toilet, how to get dressed and do other personal hygiene routines.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 1/2016
Activities of daily living after lung surgery: Sternal precautions (clamshell incision, sternotomy)  
Abstract: This handout gives activity guidelines to follow after having lung surgery. It includes tips on protecting the sternum, getting in and out of bed, standing up, getting dressed, and other activities of daily living.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Activities of daily living after spinal injury or surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives guidelines to follow after spinal injury or surgery. It includes general tips, as well as specific ways to protect the spine when getting out of bed, getting into bed, standing up from a seat, getting dressed, taking a shower, and more.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2012
Adjustable gastric banding: Dietary guidelines  
Abstract: This handout gives information about general nutrition and the 2 phases of liquid diet patients go through after bariatric surgery.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 2/2010
Adrenalectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet outlines what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from adrenalectomy (removal of an adrenal tumor). Both laparoscopic and open surgery are described, as well as precautions and self-care to speed recovery and when to call the doctor.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2010
After anorectal surgery: Self-care to help your recovery  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to help recovery after anorectal surgery. Included are sections on sitz baths, activity level, diet, medication, bowel movements, and infection.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 12/2014
After breast reconstruction: Self-care to speed your recovery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to change your activities while you are recovering from breast reconstruction surgery.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
After DIEP flap breast reconstruction: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after having DIEP flap breast reconstruction at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
After donating bone marrow for the NMDP: Self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care instructions after donating bone marrow for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2011
After donating bone marrow for your family member: Self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care instructions after donating bone marrow for a family member.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2011
Instructions following eye surgery  
Abstract: Provides instructions for care following eye surgery. Topics include application of eye drops or ointments, symptoms to report, and site care.
Author: Eye Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1995
Revised Date: 9/2005
After hair transplantation surgery: Care instructions  
Abstract: This handout describes self-care after hair transplantation surgery.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 8/2007
After sedation: Guidelines to follow  
Abstract: This flyer explains what to expect and guidelines to follow after receiving sedation for a procedure. It also includes instructions to follow when taking narcotic pain medicines.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 8/2010
After your abdominal surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout is for women who have recently had abdominal surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what to expect during the recovery time, and includes sections on activity precautions, managing pain, eating and drinking, incision care, bowel and bladder problems, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
After your Cesarean birth  
Abstract: This handout explains the changes that take place in your body after a Cesarean birth. Included are sections on pain control, caring for the incision, nutrition, and activity levels. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Caring for Yourself and Your New Baby."
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 9/2016
After your craniofacial surgery: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Cneter gives self-care instructions after craniofacial surgery.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
After your De Quervain's release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to ease De Quervain's disease, a form of tendonitis. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your distal radius fracture surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a distal radius fracture. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 5/2012
After your Dupuytren's contracture release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to ease a condition called Dupuytren's contracture. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2011
After your endometrial ablation: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout is for women who recently had an endometrial ablation at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what to expect during the recovery time. It includes sections on personal care, bleeding and vaginal discharge, diet, activity restrictions, pain, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
After you endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after endoscopic surgery to release carpal tunnel. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your eye surgery: Care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains care instructions to follow after eye surgery, including steps for putting in eye drops or ointment, tips to assist healing, and when to call the doctor or nurse, if needed.
Author: Ambulatory Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 4/2008
After your fibular free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after fibular free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your flexor tendon repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair flexor tendons in the hand. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your ganglion cyst excision surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to remove a ganglion cyst. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your gynecologic surgery: What to expect during your hospital stay  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after gynecologic surgery at UW Medical Center and how to plan for recovery at home. It includes a brief description of UWMC care team members, what it means to be in a "teaching hospital," how long to expect to stay in the hospital, pain management concerns, and activity recommendations.
Author: Gynecologic Oncology/6NE/7SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 8/2016
After your hand fracture surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a broken hand bone. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your hysteroscopy surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during recovery at home after hysteroscopy surgery. It include sections on personal care, bleeding, diet, activity, pain, follow-up visits, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 12/2013
After your ileostomy: Getting ready to leave the hospital and self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout for ileostomy patients lists what you will need to know before you leave the hospital. It also covers self-care at home, including foods to eat and foods to avoid. Other sections cover when to call the doctor or ostomy nurse, fluid and salt balance, and avoiding bowel problems. Three pages of blank "Daily Intake and Output Charts" are included, for recording intake of liquid and output of stool and urine.
Author: Wound and Ostomy Care Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 12/2015
After your iliac crest free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after iliac crest free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care guidelines to avoid problems after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication surgery. It includes activity restrictions, dressing and skin care, showering instructions, dietary changes, medicine precautions, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2015
After your laparoscopy: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout is for women who recently had a procedure called a laparoscopy at University of Washington Medical Center. It explains what to expect during the recovery time. It includes sections on pain, incision care, vaginal spotting, scopolamine patch, bathing, diet, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
After your lateral epicondylar release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery for release of a lateral epicondylar, also known as "tennis elbow." Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your latissimus dorsi free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after having latissimus dorsi free flap surgery. This surgery is one way to fille a hole in either the upper or the lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed in cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
After your mallet finger repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery for mallet finger repair. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your mucous cyst excision surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to remove a mucous cyst. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your myotomy: Self-care guidelines  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care guidelines to avoid problems after myotomy surgery. It includes activity restrictions, dressing and skin care, showering instructions, dietary changes, medicine precautions, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 3/2015
After your neurosurgery: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions for patients to follow at home after having neurosurgery at Harborview Medical Center. It includes incision care, activity guidelines, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2015
After your PIP joint replacement surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after finger joint replacement surgery. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 6/2011
After your pump or stimulator implant: Self-care instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care after having a pump or stimulator implant. It includes safety precaution, activity restrictions, wound care, medicines, and when to call the clinic. Space is provided for the health care provider to fill in information about the follow-up visit 7 to 10 days after surgery.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
After your pump or stimulator is placed: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow at home after having a pump or stimulator placed. Included are incision care, activity restrictions, when to call the Center for Pain Relief, and a space for filling in follow-up appointment information.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2011
After your radial forearm free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after radial forearm free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your rectus abdominis free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after rectus abdominis free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your scaphoid fractures and non-unions surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair scaphoid fractures and non-unions. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2012
After your scapholunate ligament repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair scapholunate ligament ruptures. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
About your surgery: Adult circumcision  
Abstract: This handout explains what an adult man can expect after having circumcision surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
After your surgery: Adult frenuloplasty  
Abstract: This handout explains what an adult man can expect after having frenuloplasty surgery.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 4/2016
After your surgery: For gynecology oncology patients   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for gynecology oncology patients to follow after their surgery, with specific notes for hysterectomy patients. Included are activity restrictions, symptoms that should be reported to the clinic, how to manage the combination of narcotic and non-narcotic pain medicines and their refills, and when to call for a follow-up visit.
Author: 7SE (Gyn-Oncology, Heme Oncology, Radiation Oncology)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2013
After your thigh free flap: Self-care at home  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow at home after thigh free flap surgery. This surgery is done to fill a hole in either the upper or lower jaw. It is often done to replace bone that has been removed for cancer treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
After your thumb carpometacarpal joint arthroplasty surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery on a thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2011
After your thumb collateral ligament repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a thumb collateral ligament. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2011
After your total hip or knee surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains self-care at home after total hip or knee surgery. Included are what to do to prevent problems, home safety, recommended activities, and important phone numbers.
Author: Orthopedics/6SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 2/2012
After your triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) repair surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to repair a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), a small piece of cartilage and ligaments in the wrist. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your trigger finger or trigger thumb release surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after surgery to release trigger finger or trigger thumb, also called stenosing tenosynovitis. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2009
After your ulnar nerve submuscular transposition surgery: Self-care and follow-up  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after ulnar nerve subcutaneous transposition surgery. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, driving, activity restrictions, follow-up and physical therapy appointments, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2011
Alternate access TAVR CareMap (transapical, subclavian, transaortic)  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected after having transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery with alternate access sites. The CareMap begins on the day of surgery (Day 0) and gives recovery steps through Day 5, when most patients are discharged from the hospital. (TAVR, aortic stenosis)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2014
Antibiotic treatment: Before and after a surgical revision of gastric bypass  
Abstract: This handout explains the process for cleaning the gastric pouch before and after having a surgical revision of an existing gastric bypass.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Aortic valve replacement  
Abstract: Explains the five aortic valve replacement options -- mechanical valve, stented tissues valve, stentless tissue valve, aortic human tissue valve, (homograft) and the Ross procedure.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 2/2001
At home after your TAVR: Self-care and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after having a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. The handout includes instructions for self-care at home, such as fluid management, pain management, incision care, exercising safely, emotional issues, symptoms to watch for, and more.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Axillary node dissection CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for axillary node dissection surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 3 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Back care after surgery: To help you as you recover  
Abstract: This handout covers what you can do and not do after back surgery. It also gives step-by-step instructions and illustrations for a basic exercise program and how to increase activities safely.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2012
Bariatric diary: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery is for patients to keep track of their success and their questions before and after surgery. Space for writing is provided for before surgery, day of surgery, and for each follow-up visit.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
What you should know: About a vasectomy  
Abstract: This handout gives information about vasectomy, a minor surgery that results in sterilization. It describes how the procedure is done and explains what to expect afterward.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
Bathing and shaving before surgery: To lower your risk of infection  
Abstract: This handout provides instructions for showering and shaving before surgery. Includes directions for using Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) soap.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 4/2009
Be ready for your surgery: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout gives basic information about how to prepare for surgery at UWMC, and what needs to be done afterward. It contains blanks and check boxes to be filled out as the patient and nurse go over the information together. Sections include handouts to read, arrival time and location, medicines to stop taking, diet before surgery, what to bring to the hospital, and specific instructions to follow after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
Becoming a candidate: For liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients explains how transplant recipients are chosen, the MELD score, and making the most of your time while waiting for liver transplant surgery. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Before and after your facial plastic surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives important instructions to follow before and after facial plastic surgery. It includes safety precautions and instructions for incision care, cold compresses, nasal irrigation and other self-care at home after surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2011
Before and after your surgery: Artificial urinary sphincter or male urethral sling surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for and what to expect after artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) or male urethral sling surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. These surgeries are done to treat male urinary incontinence (bladder leaks).
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Before and after your surgery: Penile prosthesis  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after penile prosthetic surgery. This surgery is done to correct sexual dysfunction or impotence.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
Being referred: For a kidney/pancreas transplant  
Abstract: This handout for kidney/pancreas transplant patients provides a review of the steps in the referral process. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Benefits and risks  
Abstract: This handout provides a detailed overview of the benefits, risks, complications, and signs and symptoms of rejection associated with kidney/pancreas transplant. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Bowel preparation before your spinal surgery: Steps to follow  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare the bowel for spinal surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2010
Breast augmentation: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from breast augmentation surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 5/2013
Breast biopsy or lumpectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having a breast biopsy or lumpectomy. It includes how to prepare and how to plan for your recovery after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 9/2010
Breast implant reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains the first three steps in breast implant reconstruction. It outlines how to prepare for and what to expect after the operation, including self-care, incision and drain care, medicines, and when to call the doctor. A brief explanation of step 4, expansion, is included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 12/2009
Breast reduction or mastopexy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains breast reduction surgery at UWMC. It includes how to prepare for the operation and what to expect afterward. It also gives precautions and self-care instructions about the incision, wound care, drains, showering, going home, activity level, healing process, pain management and return to work.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 4/2013
Breast restoration surgery: After a mastectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains the most common procedures that are used at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) to restore a breast after a mastectomy. Included are expected timelines, benefits and drawbacks, and illustrations demonstrating the different types of surgery.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2015
Breast surgery CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for breast surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. Three different care plans are detailed, depending on the procedures that will be done -- for patients having wire localization only, for patients having lymph mapping only, and for patients having both procedures -- before their breast surgery. Check-in locations and other important processes are included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 4/2014
Breast wraps: After implant surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains why breast wraps are used after implant surgery. It includes a list of websites that offer breast wraps for sale.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 1/2017
Breastfeeding for the mother having surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to manage breastfeeding if having surgery. It discusses how to minimize interruption of breastfeeding, about medicines and anesthesia, and what to do on the day of surgery.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 4/2012
Carbohydrate loading before surgery: How it can help  
Abstract: This handout explains why drinking extra carbohydrates (carbs) before surgery is helpful. It also tells how to do your carbohydrate loading.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Care after leaving the hospital: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients outlines the main issues related to leaving the hospital after transplantation. Issues covered include follow-up and clinic visits, self-monitoring, and general health guidelines. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Care after your D & E  
Abstract: This handout describes what to expect after a D & E (dilation and evacuation) procedure, including care instructions and when to call the clinic.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 1/2010
Care after your spinal surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains care after spinal surgery, in the hospital and after discharge. Information is given about follow-up exams, prescription refills, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Spine Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 8/2012
Care of your intravenous site: Going home with an intravenous catheter  
Abstract: This handout provides care instructions for care of an intravenous catheter, including when to call the doctor, what to do if the IV comes out, and what to do if the catheter comes apart or breaks off.
Author: Special Procedure Unit/4S
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 1/2012
Caring for your closed bulb drain: For a Jackson-Pratt (JP) or Blake drain  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for a drain at home after surgery. Drain care instructions for a Jackson Pratt drain (JP drain) and a Blake drain are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 5/2016
Caring for your incision  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for incision care after having surgery in the Burn/Plastic Surgery Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Carotid angioplasty and stenting for atherosclerosis: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains a procedure called carotid angioplasty and stenting for atherosclerosis. It includes how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Carotid endarterectomy: what to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure outlines what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from carotid endarterectomy surgery at UWMC.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 5/2011
Carpal tunnel release surgery: Self-care and follow-up after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after endoscopic surgery to release carpal tunnel. Included are sections on wound care, pain management, activity restrictions, follow-up care, and expected results.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
Cervical cerclage  
Abstract: Discusses the cervical cerclage surgical procedure, who can be helped by it, pre- and post- procedure, and when to call your health care provider.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 12/2000
Changing your Xeroform dressing: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to change a Xeroform dressing.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Cochlear implant: What to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect from and how to prepare for surgery to insert cochlear implants.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2012
Colectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare and how to plan for recovery after colectomy surgery, which is done to remove part of a damaged or diseased large intestine. Both laparoscopic and open surgery are discussed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 3/2010
Colectomy CareMap: Your hospital stay: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected before and after having colorectal surgery. The CareMap begins 6 days before surgery and gives recovery steps through discharge from the hospital and self-care at home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2016
Complex hernia surgery CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected before and after having complex hernia surgery. The CareMap begins before surgery and gives recovery steps through discharge from the hospital and self-care at home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 11/2016
Comprehensive dental care using general anesthesia  
Abstract: This handout provides information to help the patient make an informed choice about dental care using general anesthesia. It also describes the process for having this done at UWMC.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2012
Compression garments: After your surgery  
Abstract: This handout explain compression garments, which are worn after surgery to keep swelling down. It includes a list of types of garments commonly worn after different surgeries.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Constipation after surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains what causes constipation after surgery and simple steps to prevent or manage the problem, such as taking a stool softener, increasing fluids, exercising, or taking a laxative such as milk of magnesia. Included is a list of symptoms that indicate a call to the doctor is needed.
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 10/2009
Constipation after your operation: a guide to help you with post-operative constipation  
Abstract: This handout explains the causes of constipation after surgery and offers tips to decrease constipation. It also lists over-the-counter laxatives and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 5/2016
Cryosurgery  
Abstract: This handout explains cryosurgery from how to prepare, instructions for recovery and what to expect after the procedure.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2002
Cystectomy CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected before and after having cystectomy surgery. The CareMap begins 2 weeks before surgery and gives recovery steps through discharge from the hospital.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 11/2015
Cystectomy surgery CareMap: Your hospital stay  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected before and after having cystectomy surgery. The CareMap begins the day before surgery and gives recovery steps through discharge from the hospital.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 2/2017
Cystoscopy: What to expect after your operation  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after a cystoscopy. It includes activity restrictions, symptoms to expect, and blank lines for the provider to fill in information about specific medicines and the follow-up visit.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 5/2014
DaVinci robotic hysterectomy: How to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow for women who are scheduled for a DaVinci robotic hysterectomy at University of Washington Medical Center. It lists steps to follow from 2 weeks before until the surgery appointment. It also explains what to expect after surgery, including activity restrictions, managing pain, eating and drinking, bowel and bladder problems, incision care, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
Day of surgery: For patients having weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains what to expect on the day of your surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Day of your TAVR: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout describes what to expect on the day of a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. Sections in the handout include "At the Hospital," "About Your Procedure," "After Your TAVR," and "Your Health Care Team."
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Deep brain stimulation (DBS): For patients with Parkinson's disease  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect from deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, during which a pulse generator (neurostimulator) is implanted in the brain. Included are instructions for self-care after surgery, as well as information about the first programming visit, follow-up testing, safety warnings, risks and side effects, and what to avoid, such as exposure to certain electrical equipment and screening devices.
Author: Neurology-Neurosurgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2012
Deep brain stimulation (DBS): For patients with tremor  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare for and what to expect from deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, during which a pulse generator (neurostimulator) and deep brain lead are implanted in the brain. Included are instructions for self-care after surgery, as well as information about the first programming visit, follow-up testing, safety warnings, risks and side effects, and what to avoid, such as exposure to certain electrical equipment and screening devices.
Author: Neurology-Neurosurgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2012
DIEP flap breast reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout describes deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction. It explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2015
DIEP flap CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for DIEP flap surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 6 weeks after discharge.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2017
Discharge checklist  
Abstract: This handout for kidney/pancreas transplant patients provides a checklist of the items to consider when planning for discharge, and signs and symptoms that will require a call to the transplant coordinator. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Discharge instructions after weight loss surgery: Self-care and nutrition  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow at home after having weight loss surgery. Included are basic nutritional guidelines, physical therapy needs, follow-up clinic visits, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 1/2016
Discharge instructions: Leaving the hospital after vaginal or abdominal surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives self-care instructions to follow after vaginal surgery (page 1) or abdominal surgery (page 2).
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 6/2012
Drink-a-meal  
Abstract: This booklet gives guidelines and recipes for a nutritious, varied diet for patients who have their jaw wired together (intermaxillary fixation).
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 4/2010
Endoscopic sinus surgery: How to prepare for and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from endoscopic sinus surgery. This surgery may be recommended if medicines are not controlling symptoms caused by sinusitis. Instructions for doing nasal irrigation are included.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 1/2016
Endovascular procedures: Treatment fo peripheral arterial disease  
Abstract: This handout explains endovascular procedures that may be done to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Included are possible risks, care after the procedure, symptoms to watch for, and foot care.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2011
Esophagectomy CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for esophagectomy surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
Esophagectomy diet  
Abstract: This brochure offers diet guidelines to follow after having an esophagectomy, which is an operation to remove the esophagus. It includes instructions for a clear liquid diet, a full liquid diet, and how to get enough protein and calories. Tables of food groups show allowed foods and foods to avoid.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 10/2015
Esophagectomy: what to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet covers what to expect, how to prepare for, and how to plan for recovery from an esophagectomy, surgery to remove diseased portions of the esophagus.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 7/2006
About the evaluation process  
Abstract: This handout for kidney/pancreas transplant patients provides an explanation of the evaluation process, including a list of basic labs, tests, and procedures for pre-transplant evaluation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Exercise after heart surgery: What you need to know to live a healthy, active lifestyle  
Abstract: This handout explains sternal precautions, to be followed after heart surgery. Included is guidance for recovery after surgery, how to add or keep exercise in the lifestyle, exercise goals, and paying attention to the body's signals and symptoms.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise after lung surgery with clamshell approach: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout supplies information to help recovery after lung surgery with clamshell approach. Included are incision precautions, instructions about restricted activities, tips on how to add or keep exercise in the lifestyle, and advice on when to slow down, delay exercising, or call the health care provider.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise after lung surgery with sternal incision: To halp you live a healthy, active life  
Abstract: This handout helps guide recovery after lung surgery with sternal incision. It includes precautions, exercise goals, and how to listen to what your body needs.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise after lung surgery with thoracotomy incision  
Abstract: This handout supplies information to help recovery after lung surgery with thoracotomy incision. Included are incision precautions, instructions about restricted activities, tips on how to add or keep exercise in the lifestyle, and advice on when to slow down, delay exercising, or call the health care provider.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise after lung surgery with VATS incision: To help you live a healthy, active life  
Abstract: This handout helps guide recovery after lung surgery with a VATS incision. It includes precautions, exercise goals, and how to listen to what your body needs.
Author: Physical Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 7/2012
Exercise before and after total knee replacement surgery: Exercises to strengthen your knee  
Abstract: Describes and illustrates 11 exercises to strengthen the knee after total knee replacement. It includes tips for best use of these exercises.
Author: Exercise Training Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 2/2012
Exercises after total knee replacement: Six exercises to speed your recovery  
Abstract: Explains and illustrates 6 exercises for care and strengthening of the knee after surgery. Includes illustrations.
Author: Exercise Training Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 2/2012
Eyelid surgery blepharoplasty: what to expect and how to prepare for your eyelid operation  
Abstract: This brochure outlines what to expect, how to prepare and how to plan for recovery from blephoroplasty, also called eyelid surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 12/2009
Facelift surgery: Rhytidectomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for facelift surgery, and self-care instructions for afterward. Included is information about cold compresses, head elevation, activity restrictions, dressing and incision care, and showering.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Fracts for women: Termination of pregnancy  
Abstract: This handout answers common questions about miscarriage management and the termination of pregnancy, also known as abortion.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2012
Financial planning  
Abstract: This handout provides information about planning income and insurance finances required for short-term and long-term decisions related to kidney/pancreas transplantation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Financial planning: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout provides information about planning income and insurance finances required for short-term and long-term decisions related to liver transplantation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
First 2 weeks after bariatric surgery: What you may eat and tips to help you recover  
Abstract: This handout offers guidelines to help patients choose the right foods right after bariatric sugery and for the next 2 weeks, to meet their nutritional needs and to avoid problems such as nausea, vomiting, and dumping syndrome.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2014
Follow-up after your liver transplant: Your ongoing care  
Abstract: This brochure for UW Medical center liver transplant patients explains why follow-up care after having a transplant is vital to the long-term survival of the new organ. It includes symptoms and reasons to call members of the transplant team, and phone numbers to use.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Follow-up: After weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains clinic visits, blood tests, wound care, and other physical and emotional concerns in the weeks after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Free flap grafts  
Abstract: This flyer explains the free flap graft procedure, including a fibular free graft, which is done if bone is removed from the jaw.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 6/2004
Fundoplication or myotomy CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for fundoplication or myotomy surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes instructions to follow for 2 weeks before surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery, and discharge information.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 6/2015
Gangliolysis: Dr. John Loeser  
Abstract: Post-surgery instructions are given for activity, wound dressing, and medications for gangliolysis surgery.
Author: Pavilion Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2003
Gastrectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for a gastrectomy, a surgery to remove all or part of the stomach. This operation is most often done to remove a tumor or treat severe ulcers.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 3/2010
General cardiac surgery caremap  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected after having cardiac surgery. The CareMap begins on the day of surgery (Day 0) and gives recovery steps through Day 6, when most patients are discharged from the hospital. (CABG, AVR, MVR, open heart surgery)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2013
Getting started: for candidates for weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains the referral process, medical and insurance criteria, expected costs, and what will happen at your first and second clinic visits at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Going home: After weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains what to expect when you leave the hospital. It includes sections on eating, pain, constipation, fatigue, activity, showering, and special reminders about medicines, vitamins, and diabetes care.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/1905
Guide to your weight loss surgery at University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This manual guides patients through the bariatric surgery process, from being referred to long-term care after surgery. It includes criteria for being accepted for weight loss surgery and descriptions of the 3 types of surgery offered at UWMC: divided proximal roux-y gastric bypass or RYGB, adjustable gastric banding ("lap-band surgery"), and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. It also describes pre-surgery tests, and what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Sections also offer recipes and websites to access for more information about weight loss surgery. (Each individual section may also be found as an separate entry on Health Online.)
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2013
GYN procedures   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives instructions after GYN surgery for activity, wound dressing, and medicine for gynecological procedures.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 3/2012
Gynecology/oncology surgery enhanced recovery CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient should do before and what they may expect during their hospital stay when having gynecology/oncology surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It also includes brief instructions to follow at home after discharge.
Author: Gynecologic Oncology/6NE/7SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 4/2016
Head and neck surgery: How to prepare for and what to expect of your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from head and neck surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 6/2004
Healthy eating before your surgery or procedure: How it can help  
Abstract: This handout explains why it is important that your body is well nourished and well hydrated before a surgery or other procedure. It gives specific instructions on what to eat and drink and when.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 6/2016
Heart surgery: Your follow-up care   Japanese
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up instructions for patients who have had heart surgery at UW Medical Center in Seattle, WA. It tells about how to schedule a follow-up visit and signs and symptoms that require a call to the cardiac surgeon.
Author: Cardiac Diagnostic Services/5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 11/2014
Heart transplant and social work services: Orientation class at UWMC (Powerpoint slides)  
Abstract: This handout is a print-out of the slides used in an orientation class for prospective heart transplant recipients at University of Washington Medical Center. It gives basic information about the how social work services can help the patient and family. Sections of the slideshow include: Role of Your Social Worker, Role of Your Caregiver, and Support Required After Your Transplant.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2013
Heart transplant: Orientation class at UWMC (Powerpoint slides)  
Abstract: This handout is a print-out of the slides used in an orientation class for prospective heart transplant recipients at University of Washington Medical Center. Sections of the slideshow include: Your Transplant Evaluation, Transplant Listing, Heart Transplant Surgery, Recovery After Surgery, Rejection, and Self-Care Tips.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2013
Hemorrhoid removal: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from the surgical removal of hemorrhoids, also called a hemorrhoidectomy.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Hepatic resection and ablation of liver tumors: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout describes 2 treatments for liver tumors: hepatic resection, an operation to remove the part o the liver where the tumor is; and radiofrequency ablation, which uses electrical current to heat the tumor and kill the cancer cells.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 3/2010
Hernia repair: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This booklet explains hernia repair (herniorraphy) and the two types of surgery: laparoscopic repair and open repair. It discusses pre-procedure activities, medicine and driving restrictions, and activities the day before. It also includes tips to speed recovery, incision care, pain management, swelling, activity restriction, and going home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 12/2014
How to manage your diabetes before and after surgery  
Abstract: This handout provides important information to help patients manage their diabetes before and after surgery. Included are instructions on when to check blood glucose, what to take and not take before surgery, what to do if using an insulin pump, when to restart diabetes medicines after surgery, and a table to track diabetes medicines taken at home.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 10/2007
How to prepare for your bowel surgery: 1-day, Golytely  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions to follow when using Golytely or Colyte to prepare for bowel surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 12/2009
How to prepare for your surgery: Using MoviPrep to clean your bowel  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions on using MoviPrep, Neomycin, and Metronidazole when preparing for surgery. These medicines help clean your bowel.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2015
How to prepare your bowel for surgery: 1-day, mg citrate  
Abstract: This handout describes how to prepare the bowel for surgery, or clean out the colon, using 1-day Mg Citrate.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 4/2010
Ileal pouch anal reconstruction  
Abstract: This handout explains three types of ileal surgery, J pouch, S pouch and W pouch. It covers ileostomy, colostomy, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, colitis, familial polyposos (adenomatous polyposis coli). Explains surgical process and surgical options, preoperative preparation, recovery, and possible complications. A glossary of medical terms is included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 9/2009
Infection: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center explains the signs of infection to watch for and gives phone numbers to call if needed.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement or removal  
Abstract: This handout explains what an inferior vena cava filter is and what to expect when you have one placed or removed. Detailed instructions to follow before and after the procedure are included.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2012
IOM: Intraoperative monitoring  
Abstract: This handout explains BAEPs, SSEPs, and language mapping done by the EEG/Evoked Potential Lab in preparation for surgery.
Author: EEG/Evoked Potential Lab
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2006
Laparoscopic assisted esophagectomy: What to expect, how to prepare for your operationů  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for, what to expect from, and how to plan for recovery from a laparoscopic assisted esophagectomy.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 6/2005
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy)  
Abstract: This handout explains a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a surgery in which the gallbladder is removed using special instruments. It includes how to prepare, what to expect after the operation, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 3/2010
Caremap for Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay when admitted to University of Washington Medical Center for laparoscopic gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. It covers what to do before surgery day, what to expect while in the hospital, preparing for discharge, and self-care for 2 weeks after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2016
Laryngectomy  
Abstract: This flyer briefly describes laryngectomy surgery and support options for patients who have had this surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 6/2004
Latissimus flap breast reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains latissimus flap breast reconstruction, including how to prepare, what to expect, care instructions for recovery, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2014
Lifestyle and diet changes: Self-care for weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery describes self-care, coping with lifestyle changes, and specific diet instructions before and after surgery. Topics include Meeting Your Nutritional Needs, How to Avoid Problems with Eating, Dumping Syndrome, About Calories, Think Before You Drink, Dining Out, Mindful Eating, and more.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Limited fiber diet: After surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains a low-fiber diet for patients after surgery. It provides sample menus for 2 days, and includes a table of foods that are OK to eat and foods that should be avoided.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2015
Liposuction: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: Discusses liposuction (lipectomy) as performed at UWMC, including preparation, after care, follow-up visits, pain management, exercise, and return to work. Provides warning signs to call Nurse Advice Line.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 4/2013
Liver resection CareMap: Your hospital stay: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when having liver resection surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It gives instructions to follow before the day of surgery, and includes goals, medicines, activity and diet restrictions, and the expected care plan for the hospital stay. Brief instructions are also included for after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2016
Surgery: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients explains what happens just prior to and during surgery for transplantation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Lung surgery: What to expect before, during, and after your surgery  
Abstract: Discusses and illustrates thoractomy, sternotomy, and transverse sternotomy incisions used for lung surgery. Gives procedure instructions, explains the structure of the chest, what lung surgery is, and the five types of lung surgeries: biopsy, wedge resection, lobectomy, pneumonectomy, and lung volume reduction. Also includes instructions for pain control, breathing exercises, activities, medicines, and incision care after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 1/2010
Lung volume reduction surgery: for the treatment of emphysema  
Abstract: This brochure describes the process for being considered for lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) at UWMC. This surgery is done to remove parts of the lung that have been damaged by emphysema.
Author: LVRS Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 3/2004
Lymph node dissection: Axilla and groin (What to expect and how to prepare for your operation)  
Abstract: This handout gives pre-procedure and post-procedure information for lymph node dissection (removal) in the armpit (axilla) or groin to diagnose the extent of cancer. It explains the dissection process, what to do 2 weeks and 24 hours before the operation, and after-surgery instructions on precautions, self-care, incision care, drains, pain management, regular medicines, pathology, and exercises.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Managing pain after heart surgery: What to expect and self-care  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after heart surgery, and how to work with your healthcare team to manage your pain.
Author: 5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Managing pain: After your thoracic surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains common causes of pain after thoracic surgery. It also describes the different treatments that may be prescribed to manage the pain. Possible side effects are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
Mastectomy CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for mastectomy surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 3 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Mastectomy with axillary node dissection CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for mastectomy surgery with axillary node dissection at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 3 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Mastectomy with tissue expander CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for mastectomy surgery with tissue expander at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care for 4 weeks after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2016
Mastectomy: What to expect, how to prepare, and planning for recovery after breast surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect before and after a mastectomy. Included are preparing for surgery, recovery in the hospital, going home, when to call the doctor, and follow-up.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 9/2010
Mastoidectomy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from mastoidectomy surgery, which is done when chronic ear disease has not responded to antibiotic treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 1/2016
Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) surgery: LVAD, RVAD, BiVAD, total artificial heart  
Abstract: This handout explains follow-up care after MCS implant surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes information about clinic visits, when to call your MCS team and how to reach them, diet, activity, and home care.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 5/2015
Mediastinoscopy  
Abstract: This handout discusses what to expect and how to prepare for a mediastinoscopy to biopsy lymph nodes. This operation may be done alone or right before lung surgery. Included are what to expect after the operation, precautions to take, and self-care to speed recovery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 10/2009
Glossary of terms  
Abstract: This handout for kidney/pancreas transplant patients provides a glossary of terms commonly used in transplantation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Medications after surgery  
Abstract: This handout lists the common medications prescribed for patients after surgery at the Hand Center: oxycodone, morphine sulfate, hydromorphone, naproxen, colace, scopolamine patch, and meclizine. Included are common doses and schedules, how to use the medicine, and common side effects of narcotic pain medicines, anti-inflammatory medicines, stool softeners, and anti-nausea treatments.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 12/2009
Medicines to avoid before surgery: When your doctor tells you to avoidů  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions about and provides lists of medicines -- including aspirin, prescription products, herbs and vitamins -- to avoid before having surgery to prevent bleeding problems.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 1/2016
Medicines: After your lung transplant  
Abstract: This handout explains the types of medicines that will be taken by lung transplant patients after their surgery. It includes tips on organizing medicines, deciding on a pharmacy, guidelines for taking medicines, what to avoid when taking immunosuppressive drugs, and information about specific immunosuppressants such as basiliximab, tacrolimus, mycophenolate, prednisone, cyclosporine, sirolimus, and others.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2016
Medications: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients gives instructions for getting started with medications - from organization to making arrangements for refills. It covers medication issues while at the hospital and after discharge. Guidelines are given for taking medications. The handout also offers an entry for almost all transplant-related medications that covers purpose, dosage, forms, usual maintenance dose, potential side effects, and cost. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Micro-direct laryngoscopy: Vocal cord surgery, injection, or laser excision  
Abstract: This handout explains what happens during a micro-direct laryngoscopy, a procedure to examine the larynx (voice box) with a microscope. Included are self-care instructions to follow while recovering from the surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Middle ear surgery: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for middle ear surgery, which is done to repair the eardrum (tympanic membrane) or small hearing bones (ossicles) in the middle ear. These may be repaired using either man-made or natural tissues. This surgery is done to restore hearing.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 8/2012
Moisturizing your skin graft and skin graft donor site: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout for Plastic Surgery patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to choose a moisturizer and how to apply it to a skin graft and skin graft donor site.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 5/2015
Multifetal reducation - Maternal and Infant Care Center  
Abstract: Discusses the personal and private elective procedure for multifetal reduction. Includes answers to commonly asked questions.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 12/2000
Nasal surgery: Septorhinoplasty  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for septorhinoplasty, surgery to improve the function or appearance of the nose. Also included are care instructions to follow after surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Nipple reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how nipple reconstruction is done, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery. Instructions are included both for a procedure done in clinic and for a procedure done in an operating room. A brief explanation of nipple tattooing is also included.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Nutrition: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients gives guidelines for healthy eating before and after transplantation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Obstructive sleep apnea and surgery: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout explains what obstructive sleep apnea, what causes it, how it affects your health, and how it may increase the risk of problems during and after having surgery. A list of symptoms and treatment options are included.
Author: Sleep Center/Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 3/2012
Occupational therapy after cardiac surgery: Helping you move safely  
Abstract: This handout explains what occupational therapy is and why it is important after cardiac surgery. Included are important precautions to follow and what to expect during therapy sessions.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Online resources: For patients having weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery lists websites that provide more information about weight loss surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Open liver and biliary resection: How to prepare, what to expect, and self-care  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are having open liver the biliary resection surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers how to prepare for the surgery, what to expect, and self-care after going home.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 2/2015
Osteoplastic frontal sinus obliteration surgery: How to prepare for and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from osteoplastic frontal sinus obliteration surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Ostomy care map  
Abstract: This care map provides day-by-day instructions for a patient with an ostomy. Included are categories for physical activity, diet, health education, and discharge planning. This care map covers care before and the first 5 days after surgery.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 2/2012
Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay after having head and neck surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It covers the day of surgery through day 7, when most patients are discharged and may leave the hospital.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 9/2013
Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery CareMap: For patients with a tracheostomy tube  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect during their hospital stay after having head and neck surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. This CareMap gives specific information for patients who have a tracheostomy tube. It covers the day of surgery through day 7, when most patients are discharged and may leave the hospital.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 9/2013
Otoplasty: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure outlines what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from otoplasty surgery, done to alter the appearance of the outer ear.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 6/2010
Otosclerosis and stapes surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: Explains what otosclerosis is, how it develops, normal ear function, and related hearing loss: stapedial otosclerosis and cochlear otosclerosis. Discusses treatment options such as medical intervention, hearing aids, and stapes surgery. Explains in detail the stapes surgery process, hearing improvement, reduction of tinnitus, and potential complications. Includes anatomy and procedure-related llustrations, and contact phone numbers for further information.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 3/2010
Pain control after spine surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how pain is controlled with prescription pain medicines (opioids) after spine surgery at Harborview Medical Center. It includes safety precautions, tips for preventing constipation, how to taper doses, and who to call for help.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Pancreaticoduodenectomy/whipple CareMap  
Abstract: This CareMap gives timelines for the steps patients most often follow when having a pancreaticoduodenectomy, also called a whipple procedure, where part or all of the pancreas and the duodenum are removed. The CareMap starts before surgery with a pre-op testing and medicine instructions, and finishes on day 5 after surgery, when most patients are ready to leave the hospital. It includes activity guidelines and dietary restrictions, and well as teaching sessions and other important steps in recovery and follow-up.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 10/2016
Paraesophageal hernia: What it is and how it is treated  
Abstract: This handout explains what a paraesophageal hernia is, its symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It includes details about what to expect before and after surgery to repair your hernia.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 7/2013
Parathyroid surgery: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having parathyroid surgery, including how to prepare, what to expect afterward, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Parotid surgery: How to prepare and what to expect after  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from parotid surgery. The parotid is one of the glands that secretes saliva.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 11/2010
Patient instructions for surgery: Dermatologic surgery  
Abstract: This flyer explains instructions to follow prior to dermatologic surgery.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2004
Percutaneous dialysis fistula or graft treatment: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains treatment of dialysis grafts and fistulas and what to expect when they are treated. Included are how the procedures work, how they are done, how to prepare, and what to expect afterwards.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2012
Periodontal surgery: Helping you understand your procedure and the consent form  
Abstract: This handout explains periodontal or gum surgery, including risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Physical and occupational therapy exercises: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains exercises that are recommended after weight loss surgery. Step-by-step instructions and illustrations for 7 exercises are included.
Author: Surgery Center Recovery Room/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Physical therapy after cardiac surgery: Helping you regain your mobility  
Abstract: This handout explains why exercise is important after cardiac surgery. Included are important precautions to follow, what to expect during physical therapy sessions in the hospital, and goals for an exercise program at home after surgery.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Pilonidal cyst surgery: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect from pilonidal cyst surgery, how to prepare for the operation, and how to plan for recovery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 5/2010
Planned Cesarean delivery enhanced recovery CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for Cesarean deliery at University of Washington Medical Center. It summarizes how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and during the hospital stay, and self-care after discharge.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 2/2017
Planning for your hospital stay: Thinking it through  
Abstract: This brochure covers the basics of planning a hospital stay, including what to bring and how to best prepare for discharge. A place is provided to write down questions and comments. Key phone numbers are listed.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 9/2004
Planning for your pressure injury flap surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives a short overview of what patients need to do before their pressure injury flap surgery at Harborview Medical Center. It also includes a brief summary of what to expect after surgery.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Pregnancy testing before anesthesia and surgery: Information for women before surgery  
Abstract: This handout provides information about pregnancy testing before surgery. It explains risks, benefits, and choosing not to have the test. Included is a consent section for the patient to sign, giving or denying permission to do a pregnancy test on the day of her surgery.
Author: Pre-Anesthesia Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 5/2012
Preparing for Cesarean birth  
Abstract: This handout explains the reasons for having a Caesarean birth, and describes how to prepare for the surgery. It also includes information on the anesthesia that is used, and what happens after surgery. This document is a chapter in the birth book "Pregnancy and Giving Birth."
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2012
Preparing for surgery: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains self-care, coping with lifestyle changes, and diet instructions before and after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Preparing for your C-section  
Abstract: This slideshow explains how to prepare for a C-section (Cesarean section) at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes what to expect before and after surgery, and basic self-care at home afterward.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Preparing for your TAVR: Planning ahead  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a transacatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) when the surgery is done at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. The handout contains a sample calendar for keeping track of appointments. Sections include planning for the return home and what to do 2 weeks, 1 week, 2 days, and 24 hours before the surgery.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Pressure injury flap surgery CareMap  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, shows what a patient may expect when scheduled for pressure injury flap surgery at Harborview Medical Center. It covers how to get ready for the surgery, what to expect during the hospital stay, and what to expect during the recovery phase in a 24-hour care facility.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Proctocolectomy with J pouch reconstruction: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet explains what to expect, how to prepare and how to plan for recovery from proctocolectomy with J pouch reconstruction surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 7/2002
Questions before discharge: After your vaginal or abdominal surgery  
Abstract: This handout for patients getting ready to leave the hospital provides space for them to fill in answers to questions such as "How and when do I take my medicines?"; "What are my activity and diet restrictions?"; "When can I drive?"; "When do I see my doctor again, and what problems should I report?"; and "What numbers do I call if I have any questions?"
Author: Urology Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 6/2012
Quitting smoking before your surgery: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout about quitting smoking is for patients who are planning to have reconstructive surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. Surgery patients are required to avoid all tobacco or other nicotine products for at least 6 weeks before their surgery.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Recipes and diet suggestions: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This lengthy section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery contains recipes that may be helpful after surgery. Included are Protein Products, Blended Recipes, Flavoring Ideas, Soft Recipes, and Desserts.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Recovering at home after anesthesia  
Abstract: This handout gives activity guidelines to follow after anesthesia. It also explains what side effects are normal after anesthesia and surgery, and when the patient should call for help.
Author: Anesthesiology Clinical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2011
Removal of teeth: Helping you understand your procedure and the consent form  
Abstract: This handout explains the removal of teeth, including risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Removing a retroperitoneal/pelvic tumor: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for surgery to remove a mass or tumor in the pelvic area. The surgery may involve removing other organs and tissues as needed to completely remove the mass.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 3/2010
Resources: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients lists resources that may be helpful to the patients, their families, support persons, or living donors. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Rhinoplasty: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery from rhinoplasty surgery, which is done to alter the appearance of the nose.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 1/2010
Right heart catheterization: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout gives important instructions for patients who are scheduled for a right heart catheterization at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes how to prepare before coming to the hospital, what to bring with you, fasting instructions, what to expect during the procedure, and activity restriction afterward.
Author: Cardiac Procedures
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 12/2016
Risks of nasal and sinus surgery: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout explains both the common and the more rare risks involved in having nasal or sinus surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Scars and healing: How to care for your incision  
Abstract: This handout explains incision scars and how to help them heal. Included are sections on scarring phases, sealing, showering, sun exposure, nutition, massage, hypertrophic scars and keloids, and using silicone gel or sheets to help scar tissue form.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Septo-rhinoplasty: What to expect after your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect after septo-rhinoplasty surgery, including instructions for activity, pain management, and when to call the nurse or doctor.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 6/2004
Septoplasty/rhinoplasty: How to prepare for and what to expect of your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains the procedures septoplasty (to alter the nasal septum) and rhinoplasty (to improve the appearance or function of the nose). The brochure outlines how to prepare for surgery, what to expect, and care instructions for after surgery.
Author: Cosmetic Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 9/2002
Septoplasty: What to expect after your operation  
Abstract: This flyer explains what to expect after septoplasty surgery, including guidelines for activity, diet, medication, and nasal care. Symptoms to report to the doctor and contact information are listed.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 3/2012
Shoulder joint replacement: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout for UW Medicine patients explains how to prepare and what to expect when having shoulder joint replacement surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2016
Shoulder or elbow surgery: How to prepare, what to expand, and planning for recovery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for shoulder or elbow surgery, what to expect, and planning for recovery, including care instructions and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 10/2006
Skin and hair prep before surgery: Using CHG soap  
Abstract: This handout explains how to clean your skin and hair with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) soap before surgery. This soap contains an antiseptic that helps prevent infection.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 5/2016
Skin graft CareMap: How to prepare and what to expect after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout, called a CareMap, lists activities, care, and visits before and after surgery for soft tissue reconstruction at University of Washington Medical Center.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 9/2016
Skin prep before surgery: Using CHG soap  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use CHG soap to clean your body before surgery at Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 2/2016
Skin prep before surgery: Using CHG wipes  
Abstract: This handout for patients at Harborview Medical Center explains how to clean your body with CHG wipes before surgery.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 2/2016
Social work services: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout provides information about social work services available to liver transplant patients. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Splenectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet explains splenectomy surgery, including how to prepare, what to expect, care instructions for recovery, and when to call the doctor or nurse. Laparoscopic and open surgery techniques are discussed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 2/2010
Stapedotomy: What to expect of and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure details what to expect from and how to prepare for stapedotomy surgery, done to reconstruct the middle ear sound conduction mechanism.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2011
Stenting for carotid artery dissection: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains stenting for carotid artery dissection, an injury or tear in the wall of the large blood vessel in the neck. It includes how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, and self-care at home.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Sugammadex: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout is for women who received the drug sugammadex during surgery. It warns that hormone-based birth control methods such as pills, patches, hormonal IUDs, rings, injections, and implants may not work for 1 week after receiving sugammadex.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Surgery safety checklist: Planning for your shoulder surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives steps to take when preparing for spine fusion and spine deformity surgery.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 3/2017
Surgery to lower the risk of breast cancer  
Abstract: This handout discusses issues to consider related to surgery to lower the risk of breast cancer. This is called a risk-reducing mastectomy.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 10/2003
Surgery to lower the risk of ovarian cancer  
Abstract: This handout discusses issues to consider related to surgery to lower the risk of ovarian cancer.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 10/2003
Surgery to reduce risk of breast or ovarian cancer  
Abstract: This handout explains preventive surgery to reduce the risk of breast or ovarian cancer, for women who are at high risk for these health concerns. It emphasizes that this is not urgent surgery, and that there are other options for preventing cancer and catching it early.
Author: Cancer Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 5/2009
Surgical removal of acoustic neuroma: How to prepare for and what to expect from your operation  
Abstract: This pamphlet outlines what to expect from surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous tissue growth on the cranial nerves leading from the brain to the inner ear. Included are how to prepare for the operation, and how to plan for recovery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 10/2007
Surgical site marking: Safe, high-quality care from UWMC  
Abstract: This brochure explains how the surgery or procedure site will be marked for patients at University of Washington Medical Center. It also offers tips about preparing for surgery.
Author: Pre-Anesthesia Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 9/2004
Throat care: After surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after throat surgery. It discusses what kind of pain to expect, how to manage it, how to reduce pain with swallowing, and basic information about pain medicine.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 9/2004
Thyroid and parathyroid surgery: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from thyroid or parathyroid surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2009
Thyroidectomy or partial thyroidecomy: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from thyroidectomy or partial thyroidectomy surgery, also called hemithyroidectomy.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 1/2016
Thyroplasty surgery: After your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after thyroplasty, a surgery to change the position or length of your vocal cords. This operation is done to relieve ongoing hoarseness or swallowing problems.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Tissue expanders for breast reconstruction: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains how tissue expanders are used in breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. It includes what to expect after the expanders are placed.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2015
Tonsillectomy: Care after surgery  
Abstract: This flyer describes care instructions to follow after tonsillectomy surgery, including diet, medicines, activity, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2009
Total elbow surgery: Understanding your treatment plan  
Abstract: This handout explains care after elbow surgery while in the hospital, and also details care issues during recovery at home. It covers follow-up exams, medication refills, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 10/2006
Tracking your progress after surgery: Gynecology/oncology surgery enhanced recovery  
Abstract: This handout gives activity instructions and goals for the first three days after gynecology/oncology surgery. It includes spaces for patients to keep track of their laps around the unit.
Author: Gynecologic Oncology/6NE/7SE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 4/2016
TRAM flap breast reconstruction  
Abstract: Discusses how to prepare for your TRAM flap breast reconstruction before surgery and what to expect after surgery including hospital recovery and self-care. Explains pedicle flap, free flap surgeries.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 11/2001
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): Treatment for aortic stenosis  
Abstract: This handout explains a type of heart surgery called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). It includes detailed illustrations of the man-made valve used in the surgery. Sections include benefits, risks, and types of TAVR that may be used.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery caremap  
Abstract: This CareMap for patients and their caregivers shows the care plan that is expected after having transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery. The CareMap begins on the day of surgery (Day 0) and gives recovery steps through Day 4, when most patients are discharged from the hospital. (TAVR, aortic stenosis)
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS): About your procedure  
Abstract: This brochure describes the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure, how to prepare, what to expect, and care instructions for after the procedure.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 2/2012
Transplant medicine: Orientation class at UWMC (Powerpoint slides)  
Abstract: This handout is a print-out of the slides used in an orientation class for prospective heart transplant recipients at University of Washington Medical Center. It gives basic information about the medicines needed after receiving a heart transplant, and discusses insurance options for paying for the drugs. Sections of the slideshow include: Pre-Transplant Planning, In the Hospital, When You Leave the Hospital, Immunosuppressive Medicines, Other Prescription Medicines, Non-Prescription Medicines, and For Your Follow-up Clinic Visits.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2013
Transplant Surgery  
Abstract: This handout for kidney/pancreas transplant patients explains what happens just prior to and during surgery for transplantation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide," which is available from Materials Management #171915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
Treating cavernous malformation: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains treatment for cavernous malformation, an abnormal cluster of blood vessels in the brain. It includes how to prepare, what happens on the day of surgery, and follow-up care.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 12/2016
Treating lymphedema with lymphaticovenular anastomosis: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and how to prepare for lymphaticovenular anastomosis. In this operation, the lymphatic vessels are connected to the veins. It is done to reduce a type of tissue swelling called lymphedema, caused when lymph fluid does not drain normally.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2015
Treating lymphedema with surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains how lymphedema is assessed and how it may be treated with surgery. It describes different surgeries that may be used: lymphaticovenular anastamosis (LVA), vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT) and liposuction.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 2/2017
Treating lymphedema with vascularized lymph node transfer: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect, how to prepare, and how to plan for recovery after vascularized lymph node transfer surgery (VLNT). This surgery replaces lymph nodes when they have been removed from an area of the body.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 4/2015
Lovenox: Enoxaparin  
Abstract: This handout gives information about the medicine enoxaparin (brand name Lovenox). It explains what it is used for and includes a list of side effects, what to do if a dose is missed, how to dispose of "sharps" safely, and other precautions.
Author: Anticoagulation Clinic/Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 6/2015
Trigger finger: About your condition  
Abstract: This handout describes the cause, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of trigger finger, which occurs when the pulley at the base of a finger or thumb becomes too thick and constricts tendon motion.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 4/2007
Triple nerve neurectomy: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect and how to prepare for triple nerve neurectomy, a surgery to treat chronic pain after hernia repair.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 3/2010
Tympanoplasty: What to expect of and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from tympanoplasty surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2011
Upper body exercises (poster)  
Abstract: This legal-sized poster contains the photos and instructions for the 4 exercises contained in the handout "Upper Body Exercises: Building strength and range of motion after surgery."
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 3/2017
Upper body exercises: Building strength and range of motion after surgery  
Abstract: This handout describes 4 arm exercises to increase strength and range of motion while you are recovering after heart surgery.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2017
Revised Date: 2/2017
Ointment dressing instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains the use of ointments to help wound healing. It gives tips on wound dressing, steps to apply dressing, types of ointments used (Bacitracin, Polysporin, and Silvadine), and how often to change dressing.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2012
Using your cryo/cuff  
Abstract: This flyer details the steps to follow to fill and pressurize a cryo/cuff, a device that is used to help reduce swelling and inflammation after knee surgery.
Author: Special Procedure Unit/4S
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 1/2012
Varicose vein surgery: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect from and how to prepare for varicose vein surgery. Instructions for care after surgery and when to call the doctor or nurse are given.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2009
Vascular dialysis access: Discharge instructions for grafts or fistulas  
Abstract: This handout tells what to expect after having a graft or fistula placed in your arm or leg. It includes what activities are safe to do, problems to watch for, and when to call the doctor.
Author: Vascular Access Program
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 6/2011
Venous ablation: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having a venous ablation procedure. Included are specific instructions to follow before and afterward.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Ventral hernia repair and abdominal muscle component release: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains ventral hernia repair and abdominal muscle component release, a surgery in which the abdominal muscles are moved to fill in the area left by the hernia. The surgeon may also use a synthetic or organic mesh fabric to strengthen the area. The handout includes are how to prepare for the operation and what to expect after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2013
Vital information about your anesthetic: details about your breathing . . .  
Abstract: This flyer contains vital information about breathing problems encountered during surgery. It is intended for patients to present before undergoing surgery requiring general anesthesia.
Author: Anesthesiology Clinical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 5/2009
Vocal cord medialization: What to expect after your surgery  
Abstract: This handout outlines what to expect after vocal cord medialization surgery. Included is information about the incision and drain, post-surgery medications, diet and activity, and the follow-up visit.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2007
Bariatric medicines: Preparing your medicines before your surgery  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are planning to have bariatric surgery. It explains which medicines need to be changed to a liquid or chewable form so they can continue to be taken after surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2014
Weight loss surgery: RYGB, LAGB, and LSG  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery explains the types of weight loss surgery that are done at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle: divided proximal roux-y gastric bypass (RYGB), laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). It includes the benefits and risks of each type of surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Wet-to-dry dressing  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use wet-to-dry dressing, which keeps an incision clean and pulls out dead skin as the dressing dries. It includes detailed steps for changing the dressing, and lists symptoms that require a call to the doctor.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 9/2015
What to expect after a first trimester surgical abortion (or D & C)  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect and self-care after having a surgical abortion, sometimes called a D & C (dilation and curettage) or termination of pregnancy.
Author: Women's Health Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 2/2012
What you need to know: Penile plication surgery  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare and what to expect after penile plication, which is surgery to straighten a curved penis. Included are common symptoms after surgery, medicine information, activity restrictions, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Men's Health Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
When you go home: Your discharge instructions  
Abstract: This post-procedure discharge form can be filled out with information about procedure, site or wound care, pain management, and symptoms to report. Also provides blank spaces to fill in and contact information for UWMC and date and time of follow-up visit.
Author: Special Procedure Unit/4S
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 11/2011
When you leave the hospital: Information for Plastic Surgery patients  
Abstract: This handout explains pain control methods and supplies for UW Medicine patients. It includes sections on opioid medicines, tapering, refills, and safety.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 1/2017
While your loved one is having surgery: Information for visitors in the pre-op, surgical, and post-op areas  
Abstract: This handout describes what visitors and family members can expect while their loved one is having surgery, including what UWMC resources may be helpful. A map showing the location of the surgery waiting rooms is included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2012
Whipple: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This booklet describes what to expect and how to prepare for a whipple operation, also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy. In this surgery, the head of the pancreas is removed, along with part of the small bowel, part of the bile duct system, and part of the stomach.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 3/2010
Wide local excision of malignant melanoma: what to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives pre-procedure and post-procedure information for surgical removal (wide local excision) of skin melanoma or other lesions. It explains the excision process, what to do 2 weeks and 24 hours before the operation, and instructions to follow after surgery on precautions, self-care tips, wound care, showering, drains, pain management, pathology results, and returning to work.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 5/2013
Your care after head or neck surgery: For patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment gives details about scheduling a clinic visit after surgery, and what happens at that first clinic visit. Issues related to nutrition and medical alert jewelry are also covered.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 2/2012
Your facelift: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains the cosmetic facelift procedure at UWMC. It includes pre-procedure aspirin restrictions, activities the day before surgery, tips to speed recovery, follow-up appointment, sleep positioning, incision care, showering, activity, and pain management. It also lists signs of complications and phone numbers to call.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 5/2013
Your guide to cardiac surgery: Coronary artery bypass surgery and heart valve replacement  
Abstract: This highly detailed booklet covers the procedures and risks for coronary artery bypass surgery and heart valve surgery. Preparation and recovery issues are explained. A glossary and CareMap are provided.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2009
Preparing for medical evaluation, labs and tests: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients provides an explanation of the evaluation process, including a list of basic labs, tests, and procedures for pre-transplant evaluation. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Your health care team: For patients having weight loss surgery  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery contains information about the health care providers who will be caring for you before, during, and after your surgery at UWMC.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Your hospital stay after fibular free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after fibular free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after iliac crest free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after iliac crest free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after latissimus free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after latissimus free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after radial forearm free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after radial forearm free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after rectus abdominis free flap surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during your hospital stay after rectus abdominis free flap surgery. It includes where you will stay and who will provide your care.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 5/2012
Your hospital stay after your TAVR: What to expect  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect during the hospital stay after having a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at University of Washington Medical Center. TAVR is used to treat aortic stenosis. The handout includes what happens right after surgery, what to expect while in the intensive care unit and during the first 48 hours, activity precautions, and getting ready to go home.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 1/2014
Your hospital stay: For patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment explains what will happen in the hospital after surgery, including information about the intensive care unit (ICU) and 4-Northeast, and descriptions of the various care providers, such as the surgeon, nurse practitioner, social worker, speech pathologist, respiratory therapist, dietitian, and physical and occupational therapists. Photos of previous patients are included, showing a tracheo-esophageal puncture (TEP) and an Electrolarynx in use for speech.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2007
Your hospital stay: For weight loss surgery patients  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Weight Loss Surgery describes what to expect during your stay in the hospital. It includes separate instructions for gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric band patients.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 7/2013
Your intrathecal catheter and pump: Care instructions after surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after surgery that includes placement of an intrathecal catheter and pump. An intrathecal pump is a medical device used to deliver very small quantities of medications directly to the spinal fluid.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 4/2010
Guide to your kidney/pancreas transplant  
Abstract: This document contains the entire contents of the manual "Your kidney/pancreas transplant guide: At University of Washington Medical Center." Individual chapters are also available on Health Online by title.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 12/2016
A guide through grief: Mourning the loss of a loved one  
Abstract: This document is the cover, welcome page, and table of contents for "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center." Chapters include Becoming a Candidate; Your Liver Transplant Team; Your Health Assessment, Labs, and Tests; Financial Planning; Social Work Services; Nutrition; Liver Transplant Surgery; Medicines; Care After You Leave the Hospital; and Resources.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Your neurostimulator implant: Care instructions after surgery  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions to follow after surgery to implant a neurostimulator. Included are when to call the Center for Pain Relief, activity restrictions, dressing care, medicine instructions, and a place to enter date and time for the follow-up visit.
Author: Center for Pain Relief
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2011
Your pre-surgery treatment: For patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment explains the pre-surgery plan and the surgical procedure for either a partial or total laryngectomy. Included are definitions for common terms, descriptions of the care providers involved, and an emphasis on the importance of good nutrition in the healing process.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2007
Your surgery: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients to follow before surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes information about stopping certain medicines, showering and shaving before surgery, arrival time, and what to wear and bring to the hospital. After-surgery instructions include precautions and self-care to speed recovery, incision care, managing pain and constipation, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 4/2013
The transplant team: For a liver transplant  
Abstract: This handout for liver transplant patients provides a description of the Transplant Team, which is made up of the transplant recipient, family and friends, and a group of highly dedicated professionals. This document is also a chapter in "Your Liver Transplant Guide: At University of Washington Medical Center," which is available from Materials Management #UH1915.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2015
Your vitamin and mineral needs before and after bariatric surgery: Basic guidelines  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who are preparing for bariatric surgery. It gives basic guidelines for taking and choosing vitamin and mineral supplements. It includes lists of brand names and prices for different supplements (accurate as of November 2013).
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 11/2013

 
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