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Surgical services

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Here's how to get ready for your surgery...

As soon as you are scheduled

Once you and your doctor decide that you will have surgery, follow these instructions:

  • Make an appointment for a history and physical (H&P) examination. This examination must take place within thirty days of your procedure. Bring any information from your surgeon to this appointment so that your physician can appropriately prepare you for your procedure. Bring all your medications and all vitamin or herbal supplements to your appointment to discuss with your physician.
  • Arrange a ride home. If you will leave the hospital the day of your surgery, you must have a responsible adult with you at the hospital to drive you home. You should also plan to have a responsible adult in your home for the first 24 hours following your discharge after day surgery.
  • Complete the pre-registration process. You can preregister online or call 612-262-7878 or 1-888-660-0014 (if you're outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area). Someone from our Admitting Department may call you to confirm your demographic and insurance information.
  • Preoperative Nurse Liaisons will contact you 1-3 days prior to your surgery to document admission and screening questions.  
  • Sign up for an Allina Health account. Your account provides instant, online access to your health record. Use your account to read discharge instructions, signs and symptoms that indicate a worsening in your condition, whom to call and more.

What You Need to Know About Surgery

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This manual can help ease your mind about having an operation by letting you know what to expect before surgery and after surgery. Learn more.

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