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What to pack for the hospital

Expect to be in the hospital from one to two days following surgery.

  • Short gowns, pajamas, underwear, and socks/stockings
  • Knee-length robe or cover-up for walking in the halls
  • Exercise shoes with closed-in heel and nonslip soles
  • Two days of comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that you will wear during your therapy sessions
Personal Items:
  • Grooming items such as shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, brush, comb, etc.
  • A walker, cane, or crutches, if you have them. Write your name on all equipment you bring to the hospital.
  • Glasses, hearing aid, dentures, and any other items you use every day
  • List of your current medications (including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamin and herbal supplements) with strengths and dosages
  • List of allergies (including medication, food, clothing, etc.) and how you react to each
  • List of adaptive equipment you already have at home
  • Educational materials you received in preadmission classes
  • Advanced directives, such as a living will or healthcare power of attorney, if you have them. Hospital personnel are required by law to ask for these when you are admitted. They will put a copy in your medical record and return the original.
  • Insurance card(s) and identification card with photo
  • Any co-payment required by your insurance company, if not paid during preadmission
  • Jewelry (including body piercings)
  • Credit cards
  • Keys
  • Cash or Checkbooks
  • Laptops, cell phones (optional), or tablets.

**Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is not responsible for any stolen or lost items during your hospital stay. **

To learn more or register, please call the Joint Academy Navigator at 682-242-0462.