Pre & Post Operation Instructions

Before Your Procedure

Preparing for SurgeryDownload Preparing for Surgery document.

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Preparing for Total Hip SurgeryDownload Preparing for Total Hip Surgery document.

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knee educationDownload Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery document.

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Pain Management Pre-Procedural 
InstructionsDownload the Pain Management Pre-Procedural
Instructions sheet

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Three days before your scheduled procedure, you will receive an automated call advising you of the time of your surgery, time of arrival, and when you need to stop eating and drinking. If you have questions or did not receive the automated phone call, please contact our reception desk at 952-232-1110. Please click on the icon to review information about your upcoming procedure.

Day of Your Procedure

Make sure to arrive on time so we can help you with all necessary admission procedures. The admission process includes signing consent forms and providing family/friend contact information, once into the pre-operative area, we’ll provide a gown for you to change into. You will need you to remove all jewelry, contact lenses, dentures and any prosthesis.  If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must remain in the building.  We encourage family members and friends to remain at the Surgery Center as well.

In the Recovery Area

Immediately following your procedure, we'll move you to a recovery area where we can monitor you until you're discharged, usually within 1-3 hours after surgery. Once you're fully awake, your family can join you in the recovery area, too. At this time, it's normal to feel some discomfort at the surgery site, as well as some drowsiness or dizziness, depending on what anesthesia you received.

Recovering at Home

Before you're discharged, your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for yourself at home. For the first 24 hours following your procedure, you should avoid strenuous activity, alcoholic beverages, driving and having to make critical decisions. The day after your procedure we will attempt to follow up and ask how recovery is going. If you are having questions of a surgical nature or prescription questions, please contact your surgeon's office. Finally, we'll ask you to complete a simple questionnaire about the care you received at Minnesota Valley Surgery Center, as we strive to continuously provide the highest level of care.