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 appointment.

One Month to One Week Before Surgery

Your surgeon may require you to complete a preoperative exam and history tailored to your specific needs.

Focus on staying healthy as 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.

Preoperative Interview

One of our case managers will contact you before your surgical procedure concerning your preoperative interview and health history.

Medications and Supplements

Stop taking prescription blood thinner like Coumadin, warfarin, and Plavix may need to be discontinued 5 days prior to surgery as directed by your surgeon or physician. One week before your surgery stop: aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, and herbal medications.

Arrange for Transportation

For your safety, you are required to have a family member or responsible adult bring you to the hospital and take you home after your procedure.

Day & Night Before Surgery

You will be contacted before your procedure with specific instructions and time of arrival.

Plan to get a good night's rest.

  • 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
  • No smoking the morning of the procedure is highly encouraged

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. 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