Preparing for a Visit


It’s common to feel some anxiety before having surgery. Knowing what to expect may help alleviate your apprehension.


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Pre-Operative Information

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.

Before Your Surgery

  • Arrange for a responsible adult to be with you when we give you discharge instructions and to drive you home.
  • Arrange to have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours following surgery.
  • If you are taking blood thinners (including ASA, or anti-inflammatory [ibuprofen] medications), you may need to discontinue them. Please check with your primary physician.
  • During the 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.
  • Avoid wearing fingernail polish or heavy makeup.
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes beginning 24 hours before surgery.
  • Notify your surgeon if you develop a cold, sore throat or infection.

Day of Surgery

  • Wear your hearing aid.
  • If you wear glasses, bring your case. Please do not wear contacts.
  • If you use an inhaler, bring it.
  • If you are on insulin, bring it.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home, including all body piercings.
  • You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that can be taken off before your surgery and put on easily afterward. You may need to cover large bandages, so make sure you wear clothing that is loose enough.
  • Bring your insurance information. Worker’s compensation cases must provide all claim information including the date of injury.
  • Bring your driver’s license or State-issued ID. This is required to provide positive proof of your identity.
  • Check in at the welcome desk and receive your identification bracelet. It is important that all patients wear an ID bracelet while at Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital.
  • A nurse and an anesthesiologist will evaluate you before surgery.
  • Your caregiver(s) may remain with you until surgery.
  • Feel free to ask questions or communicate any concerns regarding the surgical procedure.
  • Your surgeon will visit with your caregiver(s) after surgery.

Special Instructions for Children’s Surgeriesollie_100

  • 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 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.