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Surgery

Redwood Area Hospital’s surgery team is committed to providing the best possible outcomes for our patients with the personal care that can often be lost in surgical centers or larger facilities.

Many of the surgical procedures done at Redwood Area Hospital are designed for you to return to your home the same day as your surgery.

You will spend less total time at the hospital because many preparations are taken care of before the day of your scheduled surgery.

If your surgery requires an inpatient stay, you can learn more about what to expect during your stay here.

Admission Information

Before your surgery, please fill out the Admission Information Sheet and return it or mail it to the hospital no later than 24 hours prior to the day of your scheduled surgery.

If you require pre-operative testing and lab examinations, those could be done when you drop off your information.

A surgical nurse will call you with your pre-surgical instructions one or two days prior to your surgery or procedure and answer any concerns you may have.

2013June3rd-0757Before Surgery

DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight, including water.

Notify the surgeon of any change in your physical condition such as “flu”, cold, or a fever.

Please leave jewelry, valuables and large amounts of money at home.

Wear comfortable clothing and minimal make-up.

The Day of Surgery

On the day of surgery, you must first check in at the registration desk, which is located at the East Entrance on Fallwood Road.

A nurse will admit you to a Same Day Surgery room and provide you with a gown. You will wait in that room until the time of your scheduled procedure when a surgery nurse will take you to an operating room or procedure room.

Following the Procedure

When the procedure is over, you will be taken to the recovery room and then returned to your same day surgery room or inpatient room.

You will use a recliner or a bed during this recovery period. Nurses will carefully monitor your recovery, provide light nourishment, and give you instructions for follow-up care.

If you are going home the same day of your surgery, it is recommended that you bring one person to stay with you during your recovery period. An adult must accompany you at discharge to aid in your transportation back home. Arrange for someone to stay with you at your home for the first 24 hours following surgery, especially if you have general anesthesia.

After Surgery

The usual recovery period for same-day surgery is one to four hours.

DO NOT drive a car, drink alcoholic beverages or operate complex machinery for 24 hours.

Important decision-making should be delayed until you have made a full recovery from anesthesia (24 hours).

Should there be complications, you may require overnight hospitalization.

A responsible adult should be with you for 24 hours. You may experience light-headedness and dizziness following surgery. DO NOT STAY ALONE!

2013June3rd-0768Financial Information

Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicaid, and private insurance companies encourage the use of short stay choices since they are cost-reducing alternatives and are also more convenient for the patient.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Notify your insurance company before your admission and
  • Obtain necessary prior authorization

To take advantage of same day services, you must actively participate in your own care. Carefully follow the instructions your physician and the hospital staff give you.

Surgical Services Staff

Julie Salmon, RN, BSN, Surgical Services Manager

Kris Fischer, RN

Jenny Kuehn, RN

Annette Mertens, RN

Bev Jensen, LPN

Renee Kodet, LPN

Jen Edwards, CST