Your Surgery

The staff of the Ridges Surgery Center is pleased that you and your physician have selected our facility for your surgery or procedure. You are a valued guest; we will endeavor to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.

As we want all aspects of your surgery to go as smoothly as possible, please use this section for instructions on how to prepare for and for what to expect after surgery.

Before my Surgery

news1A Patient Representative will call you before your surgery to gather your insurance information to help expedite your admissions process. A Registered Nurse will also call you to review special instructions and answer your questions. If you have not received a call within three days of your surgery or have additional questions please call us at 952-658-8000 between 8am to 5pm. 

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

 


Food & Drink

Please do not take: aspirin, NSAIDS like Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, Coumadin or oral hypoglycemic medication for diabetes.

Adults and children over 2 years: You may eat a light meal up to 8 hours prior to your surgery time.You may drink clear liquids up to 4 hours prior to surgery (no milk). Oral medications may be taken with a sip of water the morning of your surgery.Any patient on a beta-blocker should take their morning dose the day of surgery. 

Children less than 2 years: You may give your child solid food and formula up to 8 hours prior to surgery, breast milk up to 4 hours prior to surgery, clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to surgery.Oral meds may be taken with a sip of water the morning of surgery. 


Alcohol & Smoking

Alcohol – Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking – No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.


Attire

Makeup, Nail Polish & Jewelry – Please do not wear make-up, remove all nail polish and do not wear jewelry (including body jewelry) to the surgery center.

Clothing – Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over any dressings or appliances that you may have after surgery.

Valuables – Please leave valuables at home. 

Notify The Center &
Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines. You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery

  • Information To Bring – Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, co-pay, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver – You must plan to have someone drive you home. All patients must be discharged in the company of a responsible adult. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Caregiver – It is highly recommended that a friend, relative or dedicated caregiver stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian – A legal guardian (or designee) must be available OR in the facility AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children – If you have young children at home whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter – If the patient cannot read and / or speak English or uses sign language to communicate, an interpreter is required. Please notify the surgery center as soon as possible so that we can arrange for the interpreter to be available on the day of surgery.

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Day of Procedure

What you need to know for the Day of Surgery:

  • Advanced Directives – If you have an advanced directive, please bring a copy on the day of surgery. Your advanced directive will be placed in your medical records for a reference in the event of a transfer to an acute care facility.
  • Check-in – When you arrive at our Ridges Surgery Center you will check-in at the registration desk to verify personal data, insurance information and pay your co-pay and/or deductible, if applicable.
  • Following Admission – After checking in at our facility, you will be brought to the private room where the nurse will do a health interview and prepare you for surgery. You and your family member or escort will stay in the room until it is time for your surgery. An anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia with you and answer any questions. At the appropriate time you will be taken to the operating room. During surgery your escort will stay in the waiting room and will rejoin you in the recovery area after your surgery.

Billing Questions

We strongly encourage you to personally contact your insurance company about your upcoming surgery.  It is mandatory that YOU, as the insurance subscriber, confirm that all prior authorization information necessary to your specific policy is completed before your surgery date.  You may be penalized by your insurance company if you don’t follow your policy guidelines.  You must understand what your benefits cover and how this may affect you financially.  Please call our Business Office at 1-844-873-0264 if you encounter a problem with your insurance company and need our assistance.

After Surgery

Once you are recovered from surgery, you will be discharged. Most patients are discharged one to four hours after surgery. It is normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for 12 to 24 hours after surgery.

Post Care: You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions). Your caregiver must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home. If you experience anything unusual after have returned home following your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room.

A nurse from our facility will call you within a few days after your surgery to check on your recovery.

Transportation – DO NOT PLAN TO DRIVE yourself home or use public transportation after your procedure. A friend or relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.

Parental Care – We require at least one parent to remain in the facility during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting.

Personal Comforts – Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.

After Surgery – You will be able to be with your child as soon as after surgery.

Additional Special Instructions

Special Care For Special Needs Adults

We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention. Besides the guidelines in the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery, the following tips, will help make care for these adults easier:

Consent – The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery.

For Admission – Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information. Be certain to follow the food and drink rules in the Before My Surgery section.

Personal Attendant – As with other patients, special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the facility from admission through recovery. A personal attendant will be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.

Special Care For Children

We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting. Please refer to the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery for further tips, as well as the guidelines on this page for children. Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.

Drink – Children may have clear liquids up to two hours before either arrival. This includes water, apple juice, soft drinks and Kool-Aid. NO milk or orange juice.

Food – Children must not eat anything for six hours before their arrival. Please do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery.

Parental Care – We require at least one parent to remain in the center during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting.

Personal Comforts – Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.

After Surgery – You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically safe for transfer after recovery.

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