Prepare for your stay

Sauk Prairie Healthcare will contact you the day before your scheduled surgery with your arrival time and instructions regarding medication use before surgery.

Before your surgery:

  • To prevent infection, be sure to take a shower or tub bath.
  • Do not wear jewelry, make-up, nail polish, body lotion or perfume.
  • No food or drink (including water) after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Children under 2 years of age can have clear fluid until 3 am only, then nothing by mouth until after surgery.
  • Contact your doctor if you become ill, have fever, cold, flu, or observe any sores or rashes in the surgical area before your surgery.
  • Call your insurance carrier to notify them of your upcoming surgery and obtain any needed authorizations. 

Items to bring to the hospital:

  • For children, a favorite blanket, teddy bear or comfort item and bottle or special drinking cup.
  • If you will be admitted to the hospital, pack a small bag with toiletry items such as razor, toothbrush, slippers, robe, deodorant, comb, etc.
  • If you use CPAP mask for sleep apnea, bring it with you.
  • Insurance card 

Patient consents must be signed by the parent, legal guardian, or activated healthcare agent if under age 18. Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after your release from the hospital.

If you have any questions, please call the Pre-Surgical Coordinator 643-7193 Monday through Friday, or 643-7203 on evenings/weekends.