General Surgical Information

Welcome to the Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center (OISC) and thank you for scheduling your surgery with us.

A nurse will contact you by phone prior to your date of surgery to provide you with your arrival time and preoperative instructions.

If you do not receive a phone call from one of our nurses two days prior to your surgery, please call 952-914-8406.

1. Schedule an appointment with your primary care provider for a preoperative history and physical (H&P) examination. A form is provided in your information packet from the Center. This exam must be completed no more than 30 days before your surgery date. If this exam is not completed, your surgery will be delayed or cancelled. Once completed, obtain a copy from your doctor's office and/or have the office fax a copy to the surgery center nurse's station at 952-914-8433.

2. The following medications should be avoided or held before surgery as instructed by your surgeon and/or primary care provider: blood thinners (i.e., Aspirin, Coumadin), anti-inflammatories (i.e., Ibuprofen, Aleve), vitamins, and herbal supplements.

3. If you feel ill, require any dental work, or have any other changes in your health prior to your date of surgery, please call the surgery center at 952-914-8406. Your surgery may have to be rescheduled.

4. Do not shave your surgery site at home. Shaving with a razor can irritate your skin and make it easier to develop an infection. If we need to remove hair from your surgery site it will be clipped at OISC on the day of surgery.


1. Do not eat after midnight on the day of your surgery. This includes chewing gum, chewing tobacco, mints and candy. Drinking guidelines will be provided during the preoperative phone call.

2. Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, stomach acid reducer, asthma, anti-Parkinson's, steroid, seizure, and/or pain medications with a small sip of water the morning of surgery. Do not take oral and non-insulin injectable diabetes medications the morning of surgery. If you are prescribed insulin for diabetes, please discuss insulin dosing for surgery with your primary care physician. 

3. Please bring any prescribed inhalers with you the day of surgery.

4. Please shower or bathe the morning of surgery.

5. Avoid fragrances. If you are having a shoulder procedure, please avoid applying deodorant on the surgical side.

6. For patients with diabetes, travel with clear juice to treat low blood sugar that may occur while driving to OISC.

7. Please bring with you any forms or reports from your doctor or surgeon's office, your insurance card, a photo ID, and a copy of your Advance Directive, if you have one.

8. Please leave the following at home: jewelry (including a wedding band), body piercings, valuables, and contact lenses. Wear or bring eye glasses if you need vision correction for distance or reading.

9. If you are having a shoulder or arm procedure, wear a large, loose fitting button or zip down shirt. If you are having a knee or foot procedure, wear loose fitting pants or shorts.

10. You need a responsible adult, someone 18 or older, to accompany you the day of surgery, drive you home, and stay with you for 24 hours following your surgery.

11. There is not a pharmacy located in our building. New prescriptions will be given to you in recovery to fill at the pharmacy of your choice. You may need to fill your prescriptions in the metro area if you have a long distance ride home and/or your pharmacy has limited hours. NOTE: Prescriptions for narcotic pain medications cannot be called or faxed in per law.

12. We strive to have your surgery start on time, but there may be unanticipated delays. We have you arrive before your scheduled surgery time to accommodate registration, admission, meeting with your surgeon and anesthesia providers, and surgery preparation. We do offer satellite television, complimentary Wi-Fi and magazines at the surgery center. You may also bring music with headphones, a book, etc. to occupy your time while waiting.


1. The OISC is located in the Abbott Northwestern Center for Outpatient Care on the second floor in suite 220. Please see the enclosed directions in your information packet mailed to you or visit the Location tab on our website.

2. There is not a cafeteria or restaurant in the building. There are vending machines on the second floor of the building that offer soda and snacks and there is complimentary coffee and water in the waiting area of the surgery center.

3. If your or your family/visitor(s) need an interpreter, we will provide one at no charge. Our facility contracts with Allina Interpreter Services.

4. If you do not have health insurance or worry that you may not be able to pay in full for your care, we may be able to help through our free care program or by other payment plan options. Please contact our Business Office prior to your date of surgery at 952-914-8419 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

5. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid require we send you our Privacy Notice, Patient Rights and Responsibilities, Physician Financial Interests, and out Advance Directive policy for your reference. You can find these forms in your information packet that was mailed to you or on our website under For Patients.

6. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call the surgery center at 952-914-8406 Monday through Friday during normal business hours.