Prepare for Your Visit

To allow us to deliver the best possible care and service, there are a few steps you will need to complete prior to your procedure.

Please select the appropriate tab below based on your procedure type and carefully read all instructions.

These requirements are designed to ensure your health and safety. Failure to comply with all requirements may result in cancellation of your procedure.

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Prior to Surgery


  • 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. Pre-op 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.
  • Arrange to have a responsible driver over the age of 18 drive you home after your surgery and care for you for the next 24 hours. The driver must be willing to take medical responsibility for you on the drive home. This can be done by a family member, friend, or a paid medical transport van.
  • Non-medical, paid transport, such as taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc., are NOT acceptable options for your ride home.

Failure to have an appropriate ride home or someone to supervise you for the next 24 hours will result in your surgery being rescheduled.

Do not eat or drink ANYTHING for eight hours prior to your procedure. This includes gum, mints, hard candy, etc.

  • One exception - You may consume clear liquids (including water) until eight hours before your procedure.

Do NOT consume alcohol or any form of tobacco for 24 hours prior to your procedure.

Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.

You will receive a call from one of our nurses two days before surgery to review your health history, medications, and pre-operative instructions.

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

Day of Surgery


  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • If you are having MAC sedation, DO NOT take any medications for eight hours prior to your procedure.
    • You may bring your medication with you to take after your procedure.
  • If you are having a radiofrequency workup, we recommend NOT taking pain medications prior to the procedure so you can accurately report your pain relief.
  • With the exception of the above circumstances, you may take any prescription medications you have been advised to take with a small sip of water.
  • Items to bring:
    • Photo ID
    • Insurance card
    • Any relevant workers compensation paperwork.
  • Items not to bring:
    • Jewelry (including body piercings)
    • 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 as you may be asked to remove them


A nurse will bring you back to the pre-op area, where they will have you sign consent forms, check your vitals, have you change into a gown, and start an IV.

If you are having MAC sedation, the anesthesia specialist will meet with you to discuss an anesthesia plan before your injection.

You will have a brief meeting with the surgeon who will answer any remaining questions you may have.

As a safety precaution, you will be asked to identify yourself and the procedure being performed several times by different staff members.

The surgical staff will take you back to the operating room when it is time for your procedure.

The length of each surgery depends on many factors. We always take the amount of time necessary to provide each patient with optimal 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. Their phone number will be given to you at the time of discharge.

Thank you for choosing Twin Cities Surgery Center

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