General Surgery: FAQs

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Learn more about general surgery by reviewing these frequently asked questions.

How do I get prior approval for my surgery?

If prior approval is needed, we will help you with the process. Check with your insurance company for details.

Can I eat before I see the surgeon?

Eat and drink normally before your consultation. You will receive specific instructions about eating and drinking before the surgical procedure.

How do I complete my FMLA papers?

Bring them to your consultation. If you don’t have them at that time, your nurse will help you complete them at a later date.

How long will it take to recover from surgery?

Your surgeon will discuss this with you at your consultation. Your surgeon can tell you how you might feel, and what limitation or restriction you may have in the days, weeks and months following surgery. Ask how long you will be in the hospital. Find out what kind of supplies, equipment and care you will need when you go home. Knowing what to expect can help you feel better faster.

Do you offer laser surgery for hemorrhoids?

No, but we offer other treatments for hemorrhoids. Discuss options with your doctor.

Where will the surgery be performed?

Most surgeries are performed at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital or Park Nicollet Clinic’s ambulatory surgery center. We also perform surgery at St. Francis Regional Medical Center.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

Check with your insurance company, as this varies among companies.

Will I have surgery the same day as my consultation?

No. The consultation is a meeting with your surgeon. If possible, surgery will be scheduled for a later date during your consultation.

What is a Sitz bath?

A sitz bath is a type of bath in which only the hips and buttocks are soaked in water or saline solution. It is used for patients who had surgery in the area of the rectum, or to ease the pain of hemorrhoids, uterine cramps, prostate infections or painful ovaries or testicles. Sitting in warm water allows more blood to reach the impacted area, promoting healing and helping with any discomfort. Fill the bath with three to four inches of water. For most conditions, nothing else should be added (no bubble bath or oil). Sitz baths are available at Park Nicollet Health & Care stores, or at most drug stores for about $15.