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To help you and your family prepare for surgery, we’ve compiled Children’s Minnesota resources specific to parents, teens and kids.
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:
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:
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.
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.:
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:
(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.)
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.
Ask the school if there are any forms you will need to turn in when your child returns to school.
Drinking plenty of fluids is important after 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.
Make sure there are no food items in the car that your child could eat.