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Wausau, WI 54401
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Pre-Admission Instructions for Surgical Patients

Pre-Admission Instructions for Surgical Patients Receiving Anesthesia:

  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, hard candy, chewing gum, breath mints or chewing tobacco after midnight the night before your surgery, unless otherwise directed.
  • It is okay to shower and brush your teeth the morning of your surgery.  When showering, please shower with antibacterial soap.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Leave all your valuables at home – including wallet, money, jewelry, and laptops.  We cannot be responsible for their safety.
  • Please remove all metal piercings and jewelry. 
  • Bring a case for your contacts, glasses and dentures.
  • Bring your post op pain medication with you, if possible.
  • Bring inhalers with you if you have asthma or emphysema.
  • Bring your CPAP or mouth piece if you use one at home for sleep apnea.
  • If you take insulin, bring your insulin and syringes with you, but check with your physician regarding any further instructions.
  • Do not wear any lotion or makeup on your face or body the day of your surgery.
  • If you have a latex allergy or if you think you may be pregnant, please call the surgery center as soon as possible at 715-843-1019.
  • Do not take any medications containing aspirin, vitamin E, fish oils, omega fatty acids, herbs, or weight loss products for at least seven (7) days prior to the procedure. If you have taken any of these, please inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • If you take blood thinning medications for your heart, like Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, contact your cardiologist or primary care physician for guidance regarding when you should stop and restart your medication.
  • Bring a photo ID (minors do not need ID, but primary insured party does need to bring theirs), your insurance card (if appropriate), and your form of payment (if required).
  • Bring any paperwork your surgeon gave you.
  • A responsible adult must accompany you to the surgery center and be available to both drive you home and stay with you through the night. Parents of children absolutely cannot leave while their child (minor) is at the facility – they must remain in the waiting area.
  • You may not take a taxi, bus or any form of public transportation home.
  • Pine Ridge Surgery Center does not provide crutches.  If you are having leg, knee, ankle or foot surgery, your surgeon may require crutches.  If so, please arrange to have them prior to your surgery and bring them with you so we may ensure proper fit and use.
  • If your surgeon pre-arranged for any durable medical equipment – such as an ice machine, brace, boot or sling – bring these with you. 
  • Call your surgeon’s office if you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other illnesses that occur within a few days of your surgery. 
  • Feel free to bring reading material or your own digital music and headphones. 
  • If you have any questions regarding your procedure, please contact your surgeon’s office or the Pine Ridge Surgery Center at 715-843-1019.