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Preparing for Your Surgery/Procedure

A nurse will call you two days before your surgery/procedure to review your medical history, discuss special instructions you need to follow, and answer any questions you may have.

Special Precautions

Contact your doctor or the Carris Health Surgery Center - Willmar if you have a fever, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea. We may need to reschedule your surgery/procedure.

If you think you may be pregnant, please notify your surgeon. Some anesthesia medications may be harmful to a developing fetus.

Surgery/Procedure Checklist

  1. A responsible adult needs to drive you home. We would like them to stay in the surgery center during your procedure. You will not be able to drive a vehicle the day of your procedure because of the anesthesia medicines. Do not plan on using public transportation.
  2. A responsible adult must stay with you for the rest of the day and through the night following the procedure.
  3. If you have small children, make childcare arrangements so you can rest when you get home.
  4. Do Not eat or drink anything after midnight to prevent complications from the anesthesia. If you eat or drink, your procedure may be cancelled. Young children may be given special instructions.
  5. Do not take any medications after midnight unless instructed by the surgery center staff. If you are told to take a medication the morning of your procedure, it is very important that you take it. Certain medications protect your heart during your procedure.
  6. Bring all prescription and over the counter medications (or a list of those medications with dosages) to your appointment. If you use an inhaler, bring it with you.
  7. Shower or bathe the morning of the procedure to lower the chance of infection. You may use hibiclens. Do not put on lotion or makeup.
  8. Leave valuables at home (including jewelry, tongue rings, body jewelry, and cash). We cannot be responsible for damaged or lost property.
  9. Dress in loose fitting, comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Slip on styles are best.
  10. Check your blood sugar in the morning if you are Diabetic.
  11. If you take blood thinner like Coumadin, have an INR drawn as directed.
  12. Pain Management patients should not take Ginko or Ginseng for 1 week before your injection.
  13. Bring your insurance, Medicare or Medical Assistance cards.
  14. Bring your living will if it pertains to this appointment.
  15. Do Not smoke after midnight the night before your procedure.
  16. If you wear contact lenses, you may be asked to remove them before surgery, so please bring your glasses and case.
  17. If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP, please bring your machine with you to the surgery center.