Instructions Prior to Your Arrival

ARRIVAL TIME AND INSTRUCTIONS 

Two business days prior to your surgery you will be contacted with your arrival time and instructions indicating when you need to stop eating, drinking, and chewing gum before your surgery.  It is important for you to follow these instructions or your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.  If you have any questions please call 651.702.7417.

  • IMPORTANT: A pre-operative physical must be performed by your family physician.
    • Please schedule your exam as soon as possible.  Your pre-operative physical must be completed within 30 days of your surgery.  The examination form can be faxed to 651-259-2569.
      • If you are on blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications you may need to discontinue them. Please check with your primary physician.
      • If you are on insulin please check with your primary physician regarding your insulin dosage for the day of surgery and bring your insulin and diabetic supplies.
  • You will need to have someone with you to receive your discharge instructions and to drive you home.
  • Arrange to have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours following surgery.
  • Refrain from using alcohol or tobacco products 24 hours prior to surgery.

If you develop a cold, sore throat, or infection please call us at 651.702.7417.   If you have any questions prior to us contacting you or you have not been contacted two business days prior to your surgery please call us at 651.702.7417 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTIONS DAY OF SURGERY

  • If recommended by your surgeon or your primary physician, certain oral medications may be taken with a sip of water the morning of your surgery.
  • Shower or bathe the day of surgery using an antibacterial soap, giving your surgical site a five minute scrub if able. After you have showered or bathed do not use any hand or body lotion or alcohol-based hair products.  Please do not wear any make-up or nail polish the day of surgery.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you will be able to easily take on and off and can fit over your bandage.
  • Please wear your hearing aid(s).
  • If you wear glasses or have contacts please bring your case.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home, including all body piercings.
  • Rings must be removed for all hand/arm /shoulder surgery.
  • You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.

CHECK IN

  • Check in at the waiting area on the second floor (Suite 235)
    • High Pointe Surgery Center
    • High Pointe Health Campus Building
    • 8650 Hudson Blvd, Suite 235
    • Lake Elmo, MN  55042
  • Provide your insurance card and photo I.D.
  • Your nurse, anesthesiologist, and surgeon will evaluate you and answer any questions you have before your surgery.
  • We request your caregiver remain at the surgery center during your surgery.

YOUR RECOVERY

  • After surgery you will be taken to a post anesthesia care area for observation and recovery.
  • Home instructions, verbally and written, will be given to you prior to your discharge. You will need to have a responsible adult available to hear your discharge instructions and stay with you 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Prescriptions will need to be filled at a pharmacy of your choice. We will provide you with a list of pharmacies in our area.
  • You will receive a follow up call the next business day to see how you are recovering.  A message will be left if we are unable to contact you.  Please contact us at 651.702.7414 if you have any questions.

FOR CHILDREN

If you wish to visit our facility for a tour before surgery, please call 651.702.7417 to set up an appointment.

  • Bring any comfort items for your child (blanket, toy, pacifier, etc.).
  • Bring an empty bottle or sippy cup for after surgery.
  • Parents are required to wait in the waiting area during surgery in case the medical team needs to contact you. When the surgery is complete the surgeon will meet with you to discuss your child’s procedure.

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • You may use personal electronic devices in the waiting area. Personal electronic devices are prohibited in clinical areas to protect patient privacy.
  • Coffee and water are available in the waiting area. Vending machines are located on the first floor.  Please make plans for other dietary needs.
  • If you are coming from out of town please call us at 651.702.7417 or 1.866.328.4490; we are happy to provide hotel phone numbers and locations.
  • Patient Rights and Responsibilities, Advance Health Care Directives, and Privacy Practices information can be found here Patient Resources.
  • Your healthcare provider is referring you to a facility in which certain healthcare providers have a financial or economic interest.  A list of investors can be provided at your request.