Welcome 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:
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.
You will receive a call from the hospital's admitting department for preadmission information. Please have the following available:
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:
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.
Age 2 years to adult:
St. Francis is a smoke-free facility. We ask you to refrain from smoking after midnight on the day of your procedure.Back to top
Take the following medications the morning of your procedure:
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:
In addition, the morning of your procedure:
Surgical Services is located on the 1st floor of St. Francis.
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.
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.
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.Back to top
After 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.
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.
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.Back to top