Surgery Preparation

The nurses' station inside Ridgeview's Waconia campus surgery department

If you are having general, spinal or light sedation, please arrange for a ride home following your procedure and to have a responsible adult stay with you overnight. If you do not take these important safety precautions, it may result in your procedure being cancelled.

Preoperative History and Physical

A preoperative history and physical is required within 30 days of your surgery date for all patients receiving general, spinal or light sedation (unless otherwise directed). During your physical, ask your provider about any medications you should or should not take the day of your surgery (especially diabetic or blood pressure medications). Recommendations regarding medications can be found in the Preoperative Anesthesia Form.

Patient Preregistration Form

As soon as possible, please complete the Patient Preregistration form associated with the location of your procedure. Choose your surgery location on the right side of this page to find and complete the correct form.

You will be asked to pay your coinsurance and deductible prior to or at time of service. A Ridgeview representative will contact you prior to your scheduled service to discuss your options.

Preoperative Instructions

Prior to surgery, a Ridgeview nurse will call you to review preoperative instructions, including what time to arrive, food and medication restrictions, and answer any questions you may have. This will likely be the day before your procedure. Please have a list of your medications and allergies ready for the call. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, you will receive a call the prior Friday.

Instructions about eating and drinking are very important, so be sure to follow them carefully to avoid cancellation of your procedure. It is very important to have an empty stomach prior to receiving anesthesia. You will be asked to arrive 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours prior to surgery, depending on your surgical procedure.

If you will not be available to receive the call or if you have any immediate questions, please call the phone number provided for your surgical location.

Preparing for Your Surgery

  • If you feel sick or have a fever, call your physician. Your surgery may be canceled or rescheduled if you are ill or have a fever.
  • Take a shower the night before AND the morning of surgery with antibacterial soap or the soap provided by your doctor.
  • Wear clean, freshly-washed clothes to come to the hospital. Your clothing following surgery should be comfortable and loose-fitting.
  • Please brush your teeth, but DO NOT swallow any water.
  • Remove body piercings and jewelry.
  • Leave your valuables at home.
  • Take only the medications your doctor has instructed you to take with a small sip of water.
  • DO NOT suck on mints, chew gum, eat or drink anything including water for eight hours before surgery.
  • DO NOT smoke or chew tobacco the morning of your surgery.

What to Bring to the Hospital

  • Personal toiletry items.
  • Contacts, glasses, dentures, hearing aids, etc. (with cases for storage).
  • A list of your medications (with doses and schedule).
  • Any instructions your doctor may have provided.
  • Form of payment for your deductible and co-payment.

Before your procedure, your personal items will be placed in a plastic bag and given to your loved ones. They will returned to you afterwards.

Do NOT bring:

  • Electrical appliances, such as hair dryers or shaving equipment.

Guest Information

This information varies by location. Choose your surgery location to learn more.

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