Prior to your surgery


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

You have been scheduled for surgery at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, the following information will help you prepare for your procedure, and will help you have a positive and safe experience. If you have any questions or concerns prior to your surgery day, please call Ridgeview Same Day Surgery at 952-777-5132.

Please be sure to arrange for a ride home following your procedure and to have a responsible adult stay with you overnight if you are having general, spinal or light sedation. These are important safety precautions and failure to make plans may result in your procedure being cancelled.

Preoperative history and physical

During your preoperative physical appointment, your physician may dictate a history and physical document [PDF]. The physician can then fax this information to Ridgeview’s Same Day Surgery Department at 952-442-6519.

Please ask the doctor completing your preoperative physical for instructions about your home medications (especially diabetic or blood pressure medications).

Patient preregistration form

As soon as possible, please complete the Patient Preregistration form. Please mail this form to Ridgeview or fax directly to Ridgeview’s business office in Waconia at 952-442-6524 within three days of your surgery being scheduled.

You will be asked to pay your Co-insurance, Deductibles and Deposits prior to or at time of service. A Ridgeview representative will be contacting you prior to your scheduled service to discuss your options. Depending on your insurance coverage, you will be responsible for coinsurance and deductibles for services provided.

Review of preoperative instructions, medications

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 about your procedure. It is helpful if you have a list of your medications and allergies for this phone call.

If you will not be available to receive the call or if you have any immediate questions, please call 952-777-5149, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. If there is no answer, dial “0” and request that the nursing supervisor be paged to assist you.

Preoperative History & Physical

A preoperative history and physical is required for all patients receiving general, spinal or light sedation. The pediatric version should be completed for children through age 17 and the adult version for all other surgical patients. Bring your completed form to your physician to complete during your preoperative physical exam within three weeks of your surgery date.

Be sure to ask your doctor about any medications you should or should not take the day of your surgery. Ridgeview’s Anesthesia Department also provides recommendations about medications on the Preoperative Anesthesia Form.

Preoperative Phone Call

A Ridgeview registered nurse will call you to review your preoperative instructions the day before your surgery. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, you will receive a call the prior Friday. If you will not be available to receive the call or if you have any immediate questions, please call Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 952-777-5132, or 1-800-967-4620 and ask for Same-Day Surgery.

Surgery times are not set until the day before your procedure. If you become ill, develop a fever or unable to keep your surgery time, please call your surgeon’s office, even after hours.

The nurse will give you instructions about eating and drinking, review your allergies and medications, and will be able to answer any questions you may have. Instructions about eating and drinking are very important, so be sure to follow them carefully so your surgery does not get cancelled. It is very important to have an empty stomach prior to receiving anesthesia. You will be asked to arrive 1½ to 2 ½ hours prior to surgery, depending on your surgical procedure.

Directions to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia

Enter Ridgeview Medical Center at the Same-Day Surgery entrance located on the west side of the building. Parking is available adjacent to the entrance on the south and southwest side of the building. View directions.

Anesthesia Choices

There are a variety of anesthesia choices available. Please be prepared to discuss your choices with the anesthesiologist on the day of surgery.

Additional Guest and Patient Information

  • General information for guests accompanying patients
  • Assuring patient safety
  • Pre- and/or post-hospital sleeping accommodations
  • Preventing surgical site infections
  • When outpatient observation is appropriate
  • Pre-operative instructions

Preparing for Surgery