A prayer for someone having surgery

The gemara says (Brachos 60a, on the bottom):

אמר רב אחא הנכנס להקיז דם אומר יהי רצון מלפניך יי’ אלקי שיהא עסק זה לי לרפואה ותרפאני כי אל רופא נאמן אתה ורפואתך אמת לפי שאין דרכן של בני אדם לרפאות אלא שנהגו

Rav Acha said that someone who goes for bloodletting should say “May it be Your Will, Hashem my God, that this practice should be a healing, and I should be healed; for You are a trustworthy Healer and your healing is true,” because people don’t get healed by themselves (they need God to heal them).

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This is brought down by the Rambam, Hilchot Berachot 10:21 (as well as Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 230:4, who writes pretty much exactly the same wording as the Rambam). Here is what the Rambam says:

הַנִּכְנָס לְהַקִּיז דָּם אוֹמֵר יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ יְיָ’ אֱלֹהַי שֶׁיְּהֵא עֵסֶק זֶה לִי לִרְפוּאָה כִּי רוֹפֵא חִנָּם אָתָּה. וּכְשֶׁיֵּצֵא אוֹמֵר בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ’ רוֹפֵא חוֹלִים

One who goes for bloodletting should say “May it be Your Will, Hashem my God, that this practice should be a healing for me, because you are a free Doctor.” When he is finished, he should say “Blessed are You, O God, Healer of the sick.”

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I’ve seen some cite the above Shulchan Aruch to require saying this before taking any medicine1 (I do this without using שם השם, when I remember to), even though he only said it regarding bloodletting. I would argue that bloodletting is close enough to surgery so that the same prayer can be used.

1Some have even made this into a card to hand out, as mentioned in one of the comments to the question.


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One prayer from Inspitational-Prayers.com is for the person going into surgery soon, and the patient asks God to strengthen their body and prepare it for the upcoming surgery. They also pray that the doctors be prepared and refreshed, and that their decisions be correct and accurate. The upcoming patient asks for provision and protection during recovery. Another prayer is for a friend to have a successful operation, found at PrayerScapes.com.

A prayer for a friend or relative about to have surgery asks for God to watch over the operation and protect the patient and intervene on their behalf. The prayer asks God to strengthen and prepare the patient’s body for surgery and fill their heart with peace, and for the outcome to be the very best.

The prayer for a friend to have a successful operation, from Prayerscapes.com, begins with a verse of praise to God. It talks of the encouragement “Do not worry about tomorrow,” and “your grace is sufficient for us.” The prayer asks for peace for the loved one and asks God to be present during the surgery. It concludes by asking God to hold the friend in His loving arms and to protect them from all harm.


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