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Surgical Services

Surgical Services

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  • Overview
  • Before Surgery
  • Day of Surgery
  • After Surgery
  • Surgery TeamWelcome to Surgical Services at St Francis Regional Medical Center. While you are here for surgery or other procedures, a highly skilled team of physicians, registered nurses and other qualified medical professionals will care for you. We want your experience at St. Francis to be as comfortable as possible.

    The types of surgical specialties provided at St. Francis include:

    • Bariatric.
    • Breast.
    • Ear, nose and throat (ENT).
    • Endoscopic (colonoscopy, upper endoscopy).
    • General.
    • Hip and knee replacement.
    • Plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
    • Obstetrics/gynecology.
    • Oncology.
    • Orthopedic.
    • Ophthalmology.
    • Oral.
    • Podiatry.
    • Spine.
    • Urology.
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  • Before surgeryOnce Your Procedure is Scheduled

    • Make an appointment for your preoperative history and physical. We recommend scheduling this appointment for 7 days prior to your procedure, whenever possible (most patients need to do this). Be sure to check with your doctor if it is necessary for you. Your surgeon or primary care doctor can do the history and physical. If possible, please have your physician's office fax your history and physical report to us at 651.241.5073.
    • Request a copy of your history and physical, lab results and cardiogram (EKG), and put the copy in your St. Francis envelope.
    • Also request a copy of the results of any other tests done within 6 months of your surgery (stress test, CT scans, x-rays, MRIs, etc.).
    • Keep your history and physical appointment—Your procedure will be delayed or cancelled if your history and physical are not completed.
    • Notify your doctor if you experience a significant change in your health. Examples include experiencing a cold, fever, sore throat, cough or rash.
    • Review our pre-surgery checklist.

    If you need an interpreter, St. Francis will arrange for a qualified interpreter for you free of charge. To comply with federal standards, St. Francis discourages family members of the patient to serve in the role of the interpreter.

    If you are planning to go home the same day of surgery, arrange for an adult to drive you home and stay with you. You must have someone drive you home after your procedure and you must have an adult stay with you for 24 hours. For your safety, you will not be able to drive or leave the hospital alone.

    Shortly Before Your Procedure

    You will receive a call from the hospital's admitting department for preadmission information. Please have the following available:

    • Insurance numbers.
    • Name, address and phone number of your employer.
    • Your Social Security number.

    1 to 3 days before your procedure, a St. Francis patient registrar will call you, or you may call to preregister at 952.428.2500. They will review:

    • Instructions for day of surgery.
    • Your medical history.
    • Medications you will take the morning of your procedure.
    • Your paperwork.

    We also recommend you register for MyChart. St. Francis, Allina Health and Park Nicollet use MyChart secure online healthcare management. To see information about your hospital or clinic visit, please set up and log in to the appropriate MyChart account. Unique user IDs and passwords are required for access.

    Eating and Drinking Before Your Procedure

    Age 2 years to adult:

    • No solid foods, milk products or juices with pulp 8 hours prior to your scheduled procedure time. You may have clear liquids until 4 hours before your procedure and then nothing by mouth. Clear liquids are water, black coffee, tea, apple juice and pop.
    • Please do not chew gum, take lozenges, eat hard candy or use chewing tobacco before your procedure.
    • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth.

    St. Francis is a smoke-free facility. We ask you to refrain from smoking after midnight on the day of your procedure.

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  • Day of surgeryThe Morning of Your Procedure

    Take the following medications the morning of your procedure:

    • Pain medication if needed.
    • Heart medications.
    • Blood pressure medications.
    • Seizure medications.
    • Asthma medications (please bring your inhalers with you to the hospital).
    • Check with your doctor if you take insulin.

    Take medications with a small sip of water only!

    Remember: If you had a history, physical or x-ray images taken at your doctor's office, bring those copies with you to the hospital. Bring:

    • A copy of your history and physical and any lab reports.
    • Your insurance information and cards.

    In addition, the morning of your procedure:

    • Leave all jewelry, purses, wallets or anything else of value at home.
    • Remove all body piercing jewelry before your procedure.
    • Remove makeup.
    • Do not bring personal belongings to the hospital until after surgery.
    • Remove contact lenses, glasses and dentures just before your procedure.

    Arriving at the Hospital

    Surgical Services is located on the 1st floor of St. Francis.

    • Enter the hospital through the main entrance at 1455 St. Francis Ave. Stop at the registration desk in the main lobby. Patient registration opens at 6 a.m.
    • Walk through the main hallway, past the diagnostic services waiting area and continue straight ahead (past the lab and chapel).
    • The Surgical Information Desk and waiting area is located on your left. A volunteer staff member will greet you. If a volunteer is not there, there will be instructions on how to reach the prep desk.

    Consent for Surgery

    You are required to sign a consent form for your surgery and your anesthesia.

    Patients younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for signing the consent form.

    Preop Area

    You will be brought to the preop area, where your records will be reviewed and your temperature, pulse and blood pressure checked.

    You will meet your surgeon, your anesthesiologist and other surgical staff members. Any intravenous (IV) fluids necessary for your surgery may be started at this time.

    Family Waiting Room

    While you are in surgery, family or friends may wait in the surgical guest lounge, which is located on the first floor near the preop area. Your surgeon will meet them there after your surgery.

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  • Post-Op Area

    Surgery PatientAfter your surgery is completed, you will be moved to an area where you can recover from the anesthesia. A registered nurse will care for you as the effects of the anesthesia wear off.

    • You may feel some pain and nausea after surgery. Your nurse is at your bedside to help you.
    • You may not remember many of the events on the day of surgery due to the medications administered, but don't be alarmed if you experience this.
    • When appropriate, you will be moved to a room where your family can be with you for the remainder of your recovery.

    Discharge

    Your stay in the hospital depends on the procedure performed and your surgeon's instructions.

    When you are ready to leave the hospital, a nurse will talk with you and give you a written summary of your surgeon's instructions about rest, diet and medications to be taken on the days following your surgery.

    Understanding and remembering all the information you need to know after being discharged from a hospital after surgery, delivery or illness can be confusing. MyChart provides online access once you get home for you to view your hospital visit summary, self-care instructions, signs and symptoms that indicate a worsening in your condition, who to call and more.

    Follow-Up

    A nurse from St. Francis will call you within 24 hours of your discharge to check on your recovery.

    Please call your surgeon if you develop any unexpected symptoms in the days following your discharge.

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