Preparing for Your Surgical Procedure

If you are scheduled for a surgical procedure at UPMC, use the tools below to prepare for your upcoming visit. If you have a question that is not answered by this information, call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762).

Learn About the Procedure

Review general information about your surgical procedure in the UPMC Health Reference. Includes information about what happens before, during, and after a surgical procedure. Surgery animations also are available for select procedures.

Go to the UPMC Health Reference to learn more about your surgery >

Prepare for the Test

UPMC’s Patient Education Committee has developed information sheets to help patients prepare for their upcoming surgical procedures. These sheets may be downloaded as PDF files.

View a list of available patient information sheets >

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Surgical procedures are performed at UPMC hospitals and freestanding surgery centers.

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