Preparing for Surgery
We are here to help
Our staff is always here to answer questions or concerns about your upcoming surgery. It is our hope that during the time you spend with us, you will sense our promise to provide the best possible care for you and your loved ones. If at any point before you after your procedure you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and share them.
Call your insurance company for questions regarding your coverage. The phone number can be found on the back of your insurance card. If further assistance is needed, our prior authorization staff will be available to assist you.
Eating Before Surgery
The night before your surgery, eat a light (i.e. soup, toast or Jell-o) supper unless you have been told not to. Do not smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink anything including coffee after midnight unless your nurse or doctor told you it was okay.
Take a shower or bath the night before or the morning of surgery with an antibacterial soap (Dial). Please do not apply lotions, powders, or oils to your skin.
Remove all colored nail polish, hairpins, and jewelry. Pack lightly and wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
A nurse from the surgery department will call you prior to your surgery to review your medications and instruct you on which medications to TAKE the morning of your procedure and which medications to HOLD until after your procedure. Medications should be taken with a small sip of water. Do not take any ACE inhibitors, oral diabetics, herbal medications, or vitamins. If you are on any anticoagulants such as Warfarin/Coumadin or taking any insulin, please follow your physician’s recommendations for morning dosing. Please bring with you all current medicine bottles including insulin, accucheck machine, inhalers, vitamins, herbals, and over-the-counter medications.
What should I bring to the hospital?
All current medicine bottles including insulin, accucheck machine and inhalers, vitamins, herbals, and over-the-counter medications. If you wear contact lenses, bring their storage case. If you use items like a cane, crutches, a walker, wheelchair, C-PAP machine, or hearing aids, please bring them with you. You should also bring your Insurance cards and any Medicare/Medicaid numbers.
If you have completed an Advanced Medical Directive or “5 Wishes”.
Please do not bring valuables such as jewelry, credit cards, checkbooks, excess clothing, or more than $5.00 to the hospital with you.
If any problems arise prior to your arrival for surgery, please call 218-631-7581 or 218-631-3510 and ask for the Surgery department.