How to Prepare for Surgery

Preparing for surgery can sometimes bring about feelings of stress or anxiety.  At the M Health’s Gynecologic Oncology clinic, we are here to answer your questions and assure your comfort and safety throughout this process. 
 

Within 30 days of Surgery

Within 30 days of Surgery

Within 30 days of your Surgery
  1. Schedule a physical exam with your family or primary care physician.  If your family provider is outside of the M Health or Fairview network, please have your records sent to the M Health Gynecologic Cancer Clinic. 
  2. Tell your care team if:  
        • You have a pacemaker or ICD (implanted cardiac defibrillator).  If you do, please remember to bring the ID card with you on the day of surgery. 
        • You are a smoker.  Those who smoke have a higher risk of infection after surgery.  If you would like to quit smoking, please talk to your doctor about smoking cessation programs you can partake in. 
  3. If you are a diabetic.  Please work with your endocrinologist to ensure your diabetes is controlled and you have a plan for the day of surgery.  If your blood sugar is not well controlled, we may need to delay surgery (or you may have problems healing afterwards). 
  4. If your surgeon requests that you see a dentist, you will need to complete any treatment or dental work before your surgery.  Please have your dentist send a letter to the M Health Gynecologic Cancer Clinic clearing your for surgery. 
  5. Call your health plan/insurance to find out what they will and will not pay for.  Ask if you need a prior-authorization or pre-approval to have the surgery (the specific procedure and coverages will depend on your plan and coverages).  If you do not have health insurance, please contact M Health’s Financial Services team at 763-782-6639.

At least 10 days before Surgery

At least 10 days before Surgery

At least 10 days before Surgery
  1. To ensure a smooth check in process, please register your health information with the M Health surgery center.  You will need to have your insurance information readily available.  (Skip this step, if your procedure will take place at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center.)
  2. Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.  If discharged the same day as your procedure, you will not be able to drive, take a cab, or ride public transportation alone.
  3. Plan for someone to stay with you a minimum of 24 hours after you are released from the hospital or surgery center.  This person must be a responsible adult, 18 years of age or older. 

A few days before Surgery

A few days before Surgery

2-3 days before Surgery
  1. If you take prescription medication, please follow your doctor’s instructions on when stop, reduce, or if you should continue taking them as prescribed.  This plan will be individualized based on the medication, procedure, and patient.  If you have questions, please contact your provider or nurse.
  2. A nurse will contact you, at the preferred phone number in your patient chart, to review your medical history and provide surgery instructions (this call is not about your insurance or payment details).  If you do not receive a call by the business day before your surgery, please contact your surgeon’s office. 
  3. If there is a change in your health, contact your surgeon immediately.  This includes any signs/symptoms of a cold or the flu (sore throat, runny nose, cough, rash, and/or fever).  

The day before Surgery

The day before Surgery

The day before Surgery
  1. Do not smoke, chew tobacco, drink alcohol, or take over-the-counter medication for 24 hours before and after surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon/physician.
  2. Take a shower or bath the night before surgery according to the following guidelines.  Instructions