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Surgical Patient Education for a Better Recovery

When your doctor asks you or a family member to consider having an operation, you may have questions. The American College of Surgeons can help. Our goal is to help you fully participate in your care and recovery.

We provide information you can use to more fully understand some common surgical procedures. Our resources include home skills kits to prepare you for surgical care once you leave the hospital and information on various surgical procedures. There is also an online “Find a Surgeon” search tool available.

These resources can help you be better informed and empower you with the skills and knowledge you need to actively participate in your care, both in the hospital and at home. You have a role in your recovery, and we are dedicated to providing the information you need to participate.

We also offer surgical patient educational materials for health care professionals.

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What Is Elective Surgery?

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, "elective surgery" often has been misunderstood to mean an operation that may not really be needed. Elective surgery is essential surgery. 

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Info for Patients

We offer educational information to help you and your families become informed about your operation and surgical care, including home skills programs and brochures to help you and your family prepare for an operation.

Info for Professionals


Operation Brochures

The ACS offers a number of brochures to help you become better informed about your operation and empower you with the skills and knowledge needed to actively participate in your care. Medical professionals are encouraged to share these brochures to help patients prepare for their procedure.

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Wound Care Skills

The Wound Home Management Skills Program includes resources for the care of complex lacerations, abrasions, and skin tears; surgical wounds and drains; pressure ulcers; diabetic foot ulcers; and venous leg ulcers and lymphedema.

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