+ALWAYS keep a working question list handy. Any time you think of something else you want to add, add it! Then take the list of questions with you to your appointments, and write down the answers. We bombarded my surgeon with questions every time, and he was always willing to answer us, and the answers always proved useful.
-length of hospitalization
-ventilator/breathing tube-how long?
-how long before you start turning screws?
-how fast are you going to turn (mm/day)?
-How long will you be turning?
-will any hair need to be shaved?
+Relax, and do something fun (but safe) the day before the surgery to take off the stress
Worrying won't help anything (though that is 100 times more easily said than done) Just pray, and leave the rest up to God.
+Eat something chewy! After the surgery, you won't be chompin' on pizza for a month or so, so enjoy it NOW!
If your surgery is in the early morning, that's the best thing, because you're not allowed to eat
anything before the surgery. If your surgery is in the afternoon, then stay up kind of late the night before, and eat a snack too. That way, you can sleep in closer to the time of the surgery, be less hungry, and have less time to worry.
IF YOU HAVE A LATEX ALLERGY, REMIND EVERY PERSON THAT COMES INTO YOUR ROOM AT THE HOSPITAL TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW. You'd be surprised at how many items used there contain latex.