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Some surgeries are being scheduled at Children’s Minnesota Surgery Centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Children’s Minnesota Surgery and Specialty Center in Minnetonka continues to be temporarily closed.

A COVID-19 test is needed before scheduled surgeries at Children’s Minnesota. The COVID-19 test is important to ensure we can provide the best care and determine the timing for your child’s care and treatment.

If your child is scheduled for surgery at Children’s Minnesota, click here for more information about preparing for surgery at this time:
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Getting ready for surgery

To help you and your family prepare for surgery, we’ve compiled Children’s Minnesota resources specific to parents, teens and kids.

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Planning for surgery checklist

About the checklist

We are here to help you and your family prepare for surgery. Planning for surgery reduces stress and anxiety for everyone.

Use this planning for surgery checklist to manage all the details leading up to surgery. Pay special attention to these items marked with a exclamation mark icon in the checklist. You must do these things or your surgery could be canceled or delayed:

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Checklist (click header links to expand the corresponding time period)

Call your primary care clinic to schedule a pre-surgery exam within 30 days before surgery.

Required! Without this step your surgery could be canceled or delayed. Highlight it on your calendar.

Your child must have the exam within 30 days before surgery. Ask your primary care provider to fax the completed Medical History and Physical Exam Form (PDF file) to your Children’s Minnesota surgery center:

Minneapolis
Fax: 612-813-7704

St. Paul
Fax: 651-220-7220

Also ask your primary care provider to give you a copy of the completed Medical and Physical Exam Form and bring it with you on the day of surgery.

Complete the online registration form.
Or pre-register by phone at 612-813-7900.

Get documentation of legal guardianship (if applicable).

Required! Without this step your surgery could be canceled or delayed. Highlight it on your calendar.

Documentation of legal guardianship may be required if the patient is in foster care, county custody or adopted. The child’s legal guardian must be present on the day of surgery to sign the consent form.

Only the patient’s legal guardian(s) may be entered in the patient’s medical record.

The guardian is legally responsible for the patient and may make decisions regarding their medical treatment and care.

If you have questions, please call one of our social workers Monday-Friday, 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m.:

Minneapolis
612-813-6191

St. Paul
651-220-6505

Minnetonka
(Temporarily closed)
952-930-8600

Plan for time away from work.
Plan childcare for the patient’s siblings.
Schedule an optional surgery center tour.
Plan for care of the family pets.
Get a COVID-19 test (PDF file) for your child within 3 days of surgery.

Required! Without this step your surgery could be canceled or delayed. Highlight it on your calendar.

Have a phone call with a nurse before surgery.

Required! Without this step your surgery could be canceled or delayed. Highlight it on your calendar.

Call us if you haven’t received a call from a Children’s Minnesota nurse the day before surgery, or if you have questions.

Minneapolis
612-813-6191

St. Paul
651-220-6505

Minnetonka
(Temporarily closed)
952-930-8655

Call your insurance company.

Ask your insurance company about cost, and if you need prior authorization for the surgery procedure. If you have questions about financial assistance, call Children’s Minnesota financial counseling at:

Minneapolis
612-813-6432

St. Paul
651-220-6367

(The Children’s Minnesota Surgery and Specialty Center – Minnetonka does not have financial counseling on-site, but you can call the Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis or St. Paul hospital phone numbers listed above to speak with a financial counselor.)

Get labs or additional medical testing if required by surgeon.
Set a reminder to stop eating and drinking.
Plan to pick up your child’s medications after surgery.

Both Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals have a pharmacy, so you can save yourself a trip to a different location. The Children’s Minnesota Surgery and Specialty Center in Minnetonka does not have a pharmacy.

Arrange for transportation to and from the Children’s Minnesota surgery center.
Arrange for an adult caregiver for your child while they are recovering after surgery at home, if you can’t be there yourself.
Notify your child’s school or daycare provider of their planned absence.

Ask the school if there are any forms you will need to turn in when your child returns to school.

Create a packing list.
Plan to have your child’s favorite beverages at home.

Drinking plenty of fluids is important after surgery.

Confirm care for the family pets.
Confirm childcare for the patient’s siblings.
If your child is sick the day before surgery, call your surgeon’s office.
If you have not received a call from a Children’s Minnesota nurse, or if you have questions, please call:

Minneapolis
612-813-6191

St. Paul
651-220-6505

Minnetonka
(Temporarily closed)
952-930-8655

Know your arrival time for surgery.

A nurse will confirm your arrival time during the nurse phone call before surgery. Please check any phone messages you get from the surgery center. Plan to arrive early to allow time for parking and check-in.

Plan to stay in the surgery center during surgery so you are available for updates and questions from the care team.
Confirm transportation to and from the Children’s Minnesota surgery center.
Review eating and drinking stop times.
Clean out the car seats.

Make sure there are no food items in the car that your child could eat.

Wash your child’s comfort items (blankets, toys, etc.).
Remove your child’s nail polish, jewelry, piercings, braids, beads and ponytails.
Give your child a bath or shower and wash their hair before bedtime.
Put clean sheets and pillowcases on your child’s bed and pillows before bedtime.

Required! Without this step your surgery could be canceled or delayed. Highlight it on your calendar.

The child’s legal guardian must be present on the day of surgery to sign the consent form.

Required! Without this step your surgery could be canceled or delayed. Highlight it on your calendar.

Bring all required documentation:
  • Copy of Medical History and Physical Exam Form (PDF file)
  • Insurance cards
  • Guardianship papers (if applicable), as the child’s legal guardian must be present on the day of surgery to sign the consent form
  • List of medications your child is taking (It helps to bring the medications with you.)
  • If your child got a COVID-19 test at another testing site (not at Children’s Minnesota), you must bring a copy of your COVID-19 test results on the day of surgery. Acceptable forms of COVID-19 test documentation include:
    • Printed copy
    • Faxed results
    • Results from a patient care portal
Bring any home medical equipment your child needs (such as a BiPap, ventilator, etc.)
Bring the items listed on your packing list.

Questions? Give us a call.

Minneapolis
612-813-6191

St. Paul
651-220-6505

Minnetonka
(Temporarily closed)
952-930-8600