Preparing For Surgery

Our perioperative team is ready to help your surgery run smoothly. When you are having surgery at UNC REX, you may be scheduled for a pre-surgical testing appointment, or our team may conduct a pre-operative phone call to collect information. Both processes are designed to make sure you are involved in your individualized plan of care. If you are scheduled for a pre-testing visit, you will find our Perioperative Planning Center conveniently located near the hospital's main entrance.


Your physician’s office will collect your insurance information during your office visit. Please be sure to provide them with all of your current insurance cards. Once your insurance coverage and benefits are verified, UNC REX will work with your physician’s office to obtain any pre-certification or pre-authorization that is required prior to your surgical procedure.

To help us with the authorization process we may ask you to contact your insurance provider and/or physician’s office in advance of your procedure. Without prior approval, your procedure may need to be rescheduled to ensure that the financial responsibility does not fall upon you as the patient.

Learn more about our pre-operative testing:

Pre-Surgical Testing Appointment

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

If you are scheduled for a pre-surgical testing appointment, you will receive a reminder phone call prior to your appointment. You may eat, drink and take your medications as usual. Please check in at the main entrance desk at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment to complete your registration, it is important to be on time. Allow up to two hours for your appointment.

Please bring your medication bottles and copies of any recent diagnostic tests to this appointment. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify your surgeon.

Pre-Surgical Phone Call

If you are not scheduled for a pre-surgical testing appointment, you may receive a phone call from a registered nurse one to three days before your surgery. The nurse will review your medical history, allergies, current medications and other important instructions.

What to Bring

Please bring the following items to your pre-surgical testing appointment:

  • Photo ID and insurance card
  • Cash, check or credit card for payment
  • Medication bottles (prescriptions and over the counter vitamins and supplements that you take)
  • List of your allergies (medication, food)
  • Complete list of your medical and surgical history
  • Copies of any recent diagnostic tests performed (blood work, heart tests such as an EKG)
  • Physician's orders or other paperwork provided by your physician's office
  • Advanced medical directives (living will or health care power of attorney)

For more information of if you have any questions, call our Rex Perioperative Planning Center at 919-784-3102.

Pre-Surgery Information Packet

We have gathered several helpful documents which can help you prepare for your surgery at UNC REX Healthcare.

Download Pre-Surgery Information Packet

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