Pre-Operative Information

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We’re committed to making your experience simple and pleasant. A surgery staff member will call you before your scheduled surgery to discuss:

  • Time of arrival
  • Time of surgery
  • Your medical history and medications
  • Special instructions
  • Insurance information

IMPORTANT: If you have not been contacted one day prior to surgery, please call us between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (605) 335-4252 or (800) 830-7010.

SFSH Before Surgery

Before Your Surgery

  • Arrange for a responsible adult to be with you when you receive discharge instructions and to drive you home.
  • Arrange to have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours following surgery.
  • During your pre-operative phone call, a nurse will tell you how soon before surgery you need to stop eating and drinking. It is very important to follow these instructions, or your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes beginning 24 hours before surgery.
SFSH Day Of Surgery

Day of Surgery

  • Wear your hearing aid.
  • Please do not wear contacts; wear your glasses and bring a case.
  • Bring your inhaler if you use one.
  • Bring your insulin if you use it.
  • Brush your teeth the morning of surgery.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that can be taken off before your surgery and put on easily and cover potentially large bandages.
  • Bring your driver’s license or State-issued ID and your insurance information.
  • Check in at the welcome desk and get your identification bracelet. All patients must wear their ID bracelet during their entire stay.
  • Please ask questions or communicate any concerns regarding your surgical procedure. We are committed to making sure you understand everything with confidence.
SFSH Child Surgery

Special Instructions for Children’s Surgeries

  • Print a copy of our Coloring and Activity Book
  • Bring comfort items for your child (toy, blanket, pacifier, etc.).
  • Bring an empty bottle or sippy cup for after surgery.
  • Bring a change of clothes, diapers, and two-piece pajamas.
  • A parent or guardian must remain with the child until the surgery.
  • Parents may accompany children between the ages of 12 months and 7 years into the surgical suite until the child is asleep. At that time, you may return to the family reception area.
  • Parents should remain in the family reception area during surgery in case the surgeon, nurse, or anesthesiologist needs to contact them.
  • When the surgery is finished, the surgeon will meet with you.

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