Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for surgery helps ease your recovery. Your doctor will help you prepare for your specific procedure. The following are general guidelines to follow no matter the type of surgery you are having.

  • One month before surgery

See your primary care doctor for a checkup and get your complete medical history. Stop taking vitamins and supplements about two weeks before surgery. Remember to ask your surgeon any questions you have about your procedure.

  • One week before surgery

Let your doctor know if your health changes. This could be a fever, injury or minor illness. Also, keep taking prescription medicine as directed. But check with your surgeon before taking other medicines, like ibuprofen or aspirin. They can cause problems with blood clotting and anesthesia.

  • The day before surgery

Follow eating and drinking directions from your nurse. Don’t use tobacco after midnight. Bathe with liquid antiseptic soap the night before and the morning of the surgery to reduce the risk of infection. Finalize any plans you need like childcare, pet-sitting and a ride home from the hospital.

  • The day of your surgery

Arrive 90 minutes before your procedure to check in. Avoid wearing hair products like mousse or hairspray, wigs, makeup or false eyelashes. Remember to bring your insurance card and a case for glasses or contacts if needed. If you have a living will, remember to bring a copy with you to the hospital.

After surgery

We will take you to one of our recovery rooms after your surgery is over. There, your doctor will talk to you about next steps. This is when they will talk to you about when you can safely go home, how to take care of yourself during your recovery and answer any questions you have.

Get an idea of what to expect when you leave the hospital.

Frequently asked questions

It’s common to be told not to eat or drink for 12 hours before a surgery. Your doctor or nurse will talk to you a few days before your surgery and let you know exactly what to do.

In most cases, you will continue to take medicine as prescribed up until your surgery. Don’t take other medicines, like ibuprofen or aspirin, two weeks before the surgery. Your doctor will give you more detailed instructions about medicine use before your procedure.

We ask that patients arrive about 90 minutes before surgery. This gives us plenty of time to check you in, prepare you for surgery and help you get settled.

The amount of time you’ll spend in the hospital after surgery varies. Ask your surgeon what to expect.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, PreferredOne and many others.

Call the number on the back of your card or our CareLine nurses any time at 612-339-3663 or 800-551-0859 for help looking at your options.

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