How to Prepare for Surgery - Pella Regional Health Center

Preparing for Surgery

You play a major role in helping your surgical procedure at Pella Regional Health Center flow as smoothly as possible. Be sure to ask any questions about surgery during your preoperative interview.

One Month to One Week Before Surgery

See your family practice physician to complete a medical history and a preoperative physical exam.

Then, keep yourself as healthy as you can while you prepare for your scheduled surgery. Contact your surgeon’s office right away if you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever or any other health-related issue. Your surgeon’s office will notify you if your surgical appointment needs to be canceled or rescheduled so you can recover.

One Week Before Surgery

Shortly before your procedure, you’ll need to take care of several items.

Schedule Your Preoperative Interview

Schedule your preoperative interview at least one week before your surgical procedure, so we have plenty of time to perform all necessary tests. Plan for the interview to last 30-60 minutes.

Call 641-628-6633
Monday – Friday
8 am to 3:30 pm

Day of Preoperative Interview

Check in at the Information Desk in the front lobby of the hospital. To complete the admission and registration process—including any insurance pre-authorization requirements—be sure to bring your:

  • Insurance card(s)
  • Photo identification
  • Copy of your living will and/or medical power of attorney, if you have one
  • List of all current medications and dosages

During the 30-60 minutes of your interview, you’ll complete your lab tests and other preoperative exams, and you may visit with an anesthesia provider.

Medications and Supplements

Stop taking any herbal supplements or blood-thinning medications (Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin products, Motrin, Aleve, Advil, etc.), unless you receive other instructions from your doctor.

Arrange for Transportation

For your safety, make plans to have a family member or responsible adult bring you to the hospital and take you home after your procedure. We need to know you’ve made these transportation arrangements before we can proceed with your surgery.

Day & Night Before Surgery

The afternoon before your procedure, a member of our surgery staff will call you with specific preoperative information and the time of your surgery. We’ll leave a message if you’re not at home.

Then, get a good night’s rest, and:

  • Take a complete bath or shower, with special attention to cleaning the area where the surgical procedure will be performed
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water, hard candy or chewing gum
  • Take your bedtime or morning doses of heart/blood pressure medications, unless you receive other instructions from your doctor or surgeon

Helping You Navigate the Insurance Maze

Because today’s insurance policies come with significantly higher co-pays and deductibles, you’re likely to face larger out-of-pocket expenses for your health care. The compassionate Patient Advocates at Pella Regional help you prepare for the cost of your medical procedure, understand the payment process and avoid financial surprises.

Together with a Patient Advocate, you’ll review your specific insurance situation and your doctor’s recommended procedure. Then, our Advocate will estimate your actual cost and work with you to find the best method of payment.

Meet with a Patient Advocate