Pre-Register for your Admission
We encourage you to pre-register online to help speed up the admissions process on the morning of your surgery. You will also receive a call from the hospital to schedule any pre-testing that may be needed.
The information received during the patient's preoperative interview is important in making the surgical experience as smooth as possible. Patients should ask any questions they may have concerning surgery at this time.
Interviews are conducted by a registered nurse and scheduled between 8 am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday by calling 641-628-6633. Interviews must be scheduled at least a week prior to a procedure in order for all necessary tests to be performed.
On the day of the interview, patients should check in at the Information Desk in the front lobby of the hospital. If the patient's insurance company requires a pre-authorization consent, this process is completed to avoid penalty by the insurance company. Patients should bring the following items for the registration process and interview:
- Insurance card
- Photo ID
- Copy of Living Will and/or Medical Power of Attorney
- List of current medications and dosages
The interview process lasts approximately 30 minutes to one hour. If available, an anesthesia provider will visit with the patient at this time. Lab tests and exams will also be completed at this time.
The patient will need to see their family physician for a pre-operative history and physical within 30 days to one week before surgery.
- A week before surgery patients must stop taking any herbal supplements, or blood thinning medications (Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin products, Motrin, Aleve, Advil, etc.) unless instructed by a physician to continue.
- If the patient develops a cold, persistent cough, fever or any other health related problems, or if they need to cancel surgery, the surgeon’s office should be notified.
- Surgery staff will call the patient the afternoon before surgery regarding specific preoperative information and the time of surgery. If the patient will not be home a message will be left on the answering machine.
- Patients need a good night’s rest before surgery. Take a complete bath or shower, paying special attention to the surgical site.
- Patients must not eat or drink anything after midnight including water, hard candy and chewing gum the night before surgery.
- It is important for patients to take their bedtime or morning doses of heart/blood pressure medications.