The ACS is committed to helping you recover from surgery quickly and effectively
The ACS’ primary mission is to improve care for surgical patients. As a patient, you are an important member of the surgical team and have a critical role in your recovery. Our patient and caregiver programs help prepare you with the information and skills you need to confidently participate in your care.
The more you know about your surgery, the better the outcome will be. We offer surgical guides about specific operations. These guides cover risks and complications, use images to explain the procedure, and provide valuable discharge information to help you feel better prepared to participate in your surgical care.
We have resources you’ll find invaluable in preparing you for the operation as well as your recovery. These include a list of ten questions that patients reported helpful in their recovery, cancer information, pre-surgery checklists, and more.
Certain surgical procedures require a greater level of patient involvement in preparation and recovery. The ACS training programs provide the knowledge, checklists, and step-by-step skills training to support your journey to recovery. Each program explains, demonstrates, and offers practice opportunities—in advance of surgery.Home Skills for Patients
The goal of pain control is to minimize pain, keep you moving and help you heal. The ACS pain control guides and videos help you know what works best to help you feel better. Common medications are reviewed including safe opioid use and answers to questions about long-term opioid use and surgery.Learn More