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Preparing for surgery

Surgical services

As soon as you are scheduled and after 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 preregistration 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) between 3 and 8:30 p.m., Sunday to Friday, or between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Someone from our Admitting Department may call you to confirm your demographic and insurance information.

What You Need to Know About Surgery

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