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Patient Instructions – Center for Surgical Care at St. Cloud Hospital

Before Surgery

Pre-admission Phone Call

You should receive the call by 4:30 p.m. the day before your surgery. If your surgery is scheduled for Monday, we will call you Friday. If you don’t receive this call, please call us at 320-656-7182 or 800-835-6652, ext. 57617.

The nurse will:

  • Inform you of your arrival time.
  • Give you fasting instruction.
  • Assess, evaluate and plan your health care needs.
  • Help coordinate any care needed after surgery.
  • Answer questions.

Food and Drink Guidelines

Please follow the instructions below for eating and drinking before surgery. It will prevent delays and possibly cancellation of your surgery.

For infants and children up to 12 years of age:

  • Water – permitted up to three hours before arrival
  • Breast milk – permitted up to four hours before arrival
  • Formula and other liquids – permitted up to six hours before arrival
  • Solid food – permitted up to eight hours before arrival

For adults and children 12 years of age and older:

  • Solid food and liquids (including water) - none after midnight the night before your surgery
  • May have sips of water to take with medicine as instructed.

Other guidelines:

  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol after midnight.
  • Do not chew gum or suck on candy after midnight the night before your surgery.

Day of Surgery

Our Location

We are located on the south end of St. Cloud Hospital on Floor A. Follow the outdoor signs for "Surgery," and enter the hospital campus at the intersection of 6th Ave. N. and 12th St. N. Your family or friends can drop you off at the "Surgery Entrance" before parking. Inside a receptionist at the information desk will greet you and begin the admission process.


Your family and friends may park on Level 1 or 2 of the South Ramp. They should take the South Ramp Elevator to Floor A. Our receptionist will welcome them to the Center for Surgical Care.

Helpful Hints

  • Notify your doctor if you have a cold, flu or high temperature the day before your surgery.
  • Please talk to your surgeon if you take: aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen, Motrin, vitamin E or ginkgo. You may take Tylenol. Your surgeon will instruct you on when to stop your Plavix and Coumadin.
  • Take a shower or bath the morning of surgery. Use an antiseptic soap, such as Dial, for cleansing.
  • Do not shave the surgical site.
  • Remove all makeup, nail polish and jewelry.
Items to Bring:
  • Insurance information, photo ID and Medicare or Medical Assistance cards with numbers and addresses
  • ID card for you pacemaker and/or implanted cardiac defibrillator, if applicable
  • CPAP or BiPAP machine, if you are spending the night
  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will fit over surgery dressings
  • Eyeglass case or contact supplies

Leave at Home:

  • Valuables: Money, credit cards, jewelry, etc.
  • Medicine: To ensure safety, we do not use medicine you bring from home.

 At the Center for Surgical Care


Upon arrival at the Center for Surgical Care, locate the kiosk and enter your name. A registration specialist will escort you and one family member to a comfortable room. For your privacy, we will complete registration at the bedside. Our staff members will provide you with comfort and respect at all times.

Preparation for Surgery

A patient care assistant will help you change into a surgical gown and slippers. We will take your height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respirations before surgery. A nurse will review your health history.

An anesthesiologist will visit with you to to discuss the plan for anesthesia and answer any questions. Anesthesia is the medicine that puts you to sleep before surgery. When it is time for surgery, we will escort you to the operating room.

Parents Present for Anesthesia

You are part of the team and know your child better than anyone. We want you to spend as much time as possible with your child during his or her surgical experience. One parent is welcome to accompany your child in the operating room for the start of anesthesia. This experience is often very positive and comforting for you and your child. Should you choose to be present for anesthesia, we will prepare and guide you through the process.

After Surgery

Following surgery, we will take you to the recovery room. You will be closely monitored by a nurse.

Inpatient Surgery

When you are ready, we will admit you to your room in the hospital. Your family and friends may join you in your room.

Outpatient Surgery

If you are going home, you will leave the recovery room and return to your room in the Center for Surgical Care. Your family and friends may join you in your room. You will rest in a comfortable recliner and receive something to eat and drink.


A nurse will monitor your physical readiness for home. Most patients are ready for discharge one to three hours after surgery. However, every patient is different. We will personalize your care to meet your needs. Our top priorities are that you are safe and understand the follow-up care you will need after you leave the hospital. We will provide you with both verbal and written instructions about caring for yourself at home and answer any questions you may have.

Arrange for an adult to drive and be with you for 24 hours after surgery. Failure to have supervision may cancel your surgery. You may feel light-headed and sleep for several hours after surgery. For your safety, do not operate a motor vehicle or machinery, drink alcohol or take medicine not prescribed by your doctor for at least 24 hours following your surgery.

Post-admission Phone Call

A nurse will call you the next day to check on your progress and answer questions. If we can improve your visit, please let us know. We welcome your comments, concerns and suggestions. Your feedback generates ideas for improvements.

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