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My advice would be to make sure she is freshly bathed before she goes in (and blowed dry, if you are doing it at home) to help with the grooming post-op.
On the veterinary side, make sure your veterinarian is doing the pre-op bloodwork to make sure everything is OK. Make sure the anesthesia used is either Isoflurane or Sevoflurane, and that they keep an IV in her during surgery. (Here is a thread where we talked about this before if you'd like to read other opinions - Anesthesia & IV's - http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=3207.)
Make sure she has a safe place to recover where she cannot do any jumping for the first couple of days. A wire crate is really nice for this because she can see out, and if you end up using an e-collar, she can still move around in it. An ex-pen set-up is OK, but if she tries to jump up to get your attention, she can injure herself.
When she needs to eliminate after surgery, I'd recommend putting her on a leash, even if you have a fenced yard. That will prevent her from running or jumping if she is feeling really good right after surgery. (Some of these girls have an amazing tolerance for pain and can injure the surgery site.) Your veterinary staff should teach you how to carry her when you go to pick her up. If not, ask them to show you.
For you, try to mentally prepare yourself for a very sad, druggy-looking girl for a day or so. (Tessa's spay thread may help for this.)
Lastly, I would recommend that you don't change her diet or add any new or rich treats. Last thing you and she will need post-op is to deal with a butt bath.
That's all that comes to mind right now. Good luck to you and Lola!