Patient Preparation

Based on the type of surgery you are preparing for, please choose one of the two options below.

Patient Preparation for Surgery

Prior to Surgery

  • You will receive a call from one of our nurses 2 days before surgery to review your health history, medications, and pre-operative instructions.
  • Arrange to have a responsible driver over the age of 18 to drive you home after your surgery and to care for you for the next 24 hours after surgery. The driver needs to be someone who is willing to take medical responsibility for you on the drive home. This can be done by any family or friend or a paid medical transport van. A general cab is not able to assume this responsibility so do not plan to use a cab for your ride home. Failure to have an appropriate ride home or someone at your home to supervise you for the next 24 hours will mean that your surgery will have to be rescheduled.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, except clear liquids, which you may drink up to 6 hours before your procedure. No hard candy, gum, or cigarettes at any time. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.
  • No alcohol 24 hours prior to your surgery.
  • If you were instructed to take any medication before surgery, you may take those with a small sip of water.

If there are any changes in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever or respiratory problems please notify the Surgery Center immediately.

  • Have a pre-operative history and physical within 30 days of your surgery. Surgery will be cancelled without an up-to-date history and physical. These reports should be faxed to Twin Cities Surgery Center at 952-856-2644.
  • Wash daily for three days before your surgery with an antibacterial soap, such as Hibiclens, which can be purchased at most pharmacies without a prescription. 

Day of Surgery

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Take any prescription medications you have been advised to take with a small sip of water.
  • Items to bring: photo ID, insurance card, and any workers compensation paperwork.
  • Items not to bring: any type of jewelry (including body piercings or valuables). Twin Cities Surgery Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Wearing contact lenses is not advised. If you do wear them to the surgery center, please bring your storage case with you in the event that you are asked to remove them.
  • A nurse will bring you back to the pre-op area to get you started. They will have you sign consent forms, check vitals, have you change into a gown, and start an IV.
  • Someone from anesthesia will meet with you to discuss an anesthesia plan before your surgery.
  • You will see your surgeon. This is an opportunity for you to ask any last minute questions you may have.
  • You will be asked many times by different staff members to identify yourself and the procedure being performed. This is a safety precaution.
  • The operating room staff will take you back to the operating room when it is time for your case.
  • Surgeries are scheduled for a tentative amount of time. Please know that the length of your surgery depends on many factors and that we are taking the amount of time necessary that each patient needs for their care. Individual wait times may vary.

After Surgery

  • Your surgeon will speak to your family to let them know how your surgery went. It is advised to have a family member stay at the Surgery Center during your visit.
  • Your care team will provide post-operative care instructions.
  • We will attempt to call you the day after surgery to check in with you and to answer any questions that you may have.
  • If you have any unexpected problems, please contact your surgeon. His/her phone number will be given to you at the time of discharge.

Patient Preparation for Injections

Prior to Injection

  • You will receive a call from one of our nurses 2 days before your procedure to review your health history, medications, and pre-operative instructions.
  • For most spine injections, you will need to have a responsible driver to drive you home after your injection. Some injections such as trigger point injections, hip bursa injections, or shoulder and knee joint injections might not require a driver.  Your provider should clarify this for you when ordering the injection. If this was not explained at your appointment, please bring a driver or you can call the surgery center to clarify this. A friend, relative, or regular cab could be your driver after an injection. If your injection does require a driver, and you show up for your injection without a driver, we will have to reschedule your injection. *Please note that actual surgeries (where incisions are made) have a different requirement than injections. Patients can use a regular cab to take them home after an injection, but after a surgery, patients must use a medical transport service, not a regular cab, if they do not have a friend or family to drive.
  • If you are having MAC sedation, do not eat or drink anything (including clear liquids), for 6 hours before your procedure. No hard candy, gum, or cigarettes at any time. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your injection.
  • No alcohol 24 hours prior to your injection.
  • If you were instructed to take any medication before your injection, you may take those with a small sip of water.

If there are any changes in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever or respiratory problems please notify the Surgery Center immediately. Your injection might need to be rescheduled.

  • If you are having MAC sedation, a pre-operative history and physical within 30 days is needed. In some cases this pre-operative exam needs to be done on a different day before the injection and in other cases it may be done at the surgery center just before your injection. This should be clarified by your ordering provider at your clinic appointment when the injection is ordered. If it was not clarified then, please call the surgery center to clarify. All pre-operative history and physicals that are done in advance should be faxed to Twin Cities Surgery Center at 952-856-2644.
  • Wash daily for three days before your injection with an antibacterial soap, such as Hibiclens, which can be purchased at most pharmacies without a prescription.

Day of Injection

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Take any prescription medications you have been advised to take with a small sip of water.
  • Items to bring: photo ID, insurance card, and any workers compensation paperwork.
  • Items not to bring: any type of jewelry (including body piercings or valuables). Twin Cities Surgery Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Wearing contact lenses is not advised. If you do wear them to the surgery center, please bring your storage case with you in the event that you are asked to remove them.
  • A nurse will bring you back to the pre-op area to get you started. They will have you sign consent forms, check vitals, have you change into a gown, and start an IV if needed.
  • If you are having MAC sedation, someone from anesthesia will meet with you to discuss an anesthesia plan before your injection.
  • You will see your surgeon. This is an opportunity for you to ask any last minute questions you may have.
  • You will be asked many times by different staff members to identify yourself and the procedure being performed. This is a safety precaution.
  • The nursing staff will take you back to the procedure room when it is time for your case.
  • Injections are scheduled for a tentative amount of time. Please know that the length of your injection depends on many factors and that we are taking the amount of time necessary that each patient needs for their care. Individual wait times may vary.

After Procedure

Your care team will provide post-injection care instructions.

  • We will attempt to call you the day after your injection to check in with you and to answer any questions that you may have.
  • If you have any unexpected problems, please contact your surgeon. His/her phone number will be given to you at the time of discharge.