Before, during, and after an operation

Every year, more than 15 million Americans have surgery. Most operations are not emergencies and are considered elective surgery. This means that you usually have time to plan ahead for your operation.

The information here will help you to prepare mentally and physically for surgery. Understanding your operation and your role in it can increase your comfort level before, during, and after surgery and will help your recovery.

Reviewed by: Margaret Mentakis, MD, April 2016
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2016 Kaiser Permanente

Surgery and your safety

Learn about the steps you and your surgery team will take to ensure your safety.

After your surgery

You’ll find patient instructions to help you have a safer and more comfortable recovery.

When a child needs surgery

Children needing surgery want comfort and answers. Learn how to get your child prepared for surgery.