FAQ

What if I cannot make my appointment?

Please notify your surgeon at their clinic as well as Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center at 218-822-2400 as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. If you wear contact lenses, you will probably have to remove them for your surgery, so consider bringing your glasses. If you do not have glasses, please bring contact solution and a contact case.

Why can't I eat and/or drink prior to my surgery?

In order to prevent the risk of aspirating gastric contents during your surgery you must not eat and/or drink prior to your surgery. Contrary to what many patients think, it has nothing to do with nausea and vomiting after your surgery.

Who may accompany me?

You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to sit with you in your room before and after surgery if you choose.

Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?

Yes. You can take a shower, bathe and brush your teeth. Please do not use make up, hair spray, nail polish or toiletries as these may interfere with the anesthesia monitoring.

May I drive home?

No. A patient receiving sedation needs a ride home. Please make arrangements for a driver and for a responsible adult to care for you when you arrive home.

Should I bring my special needs equipment?

Yes. Please bring any post-op crutches, hearing aids, walkers, etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of surgery?

  • Case for eyeglasses or contacts
  • Insurance identification cards, completed billing forms if requested, co-payments
  • Medication(s)
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home for 24 hours.

How does the length of patient stays at BLSC compare to the same procedure at a hospital?

Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center is part of a nationwide shift toward ambulatory/outpatient procedures performed at dedicated facilities, away from hospitals where more seriously ill patients are served. Every procedure and situation is unique, but turn-around time nationwide between surgeries is as much as three times faster than at hospitals, which means less waiting for patients.

What can I expect if my child has surgery at Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center?

Children and families are treated with the utmost care. Young patients receive a special cap that they wear into the operating room. Parents are encouraged to be with their child as much as possible, right up to the time of surgery and during recovery. At the surgery center, an anesthesiologist will place your son or daughter under anesthesia while he or she is held in the arms of a parent or loved one; this is a gentler and more comforting option for your child.

How is Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center different from a hospital?

We have eliminated many common concerns about outpatient surgery. Parking is immediately outside the building with designated drop-off/pick-up areas. The surgery center has private pre-surgery and recovery rooms; and a discreet patient exit which will make your experience easier and more convenient. The surgery center is located in a secluded area behind the business district.

With a high staff to patient ratio, our nursing team provides patients with extremely skilled and attentive care. And, because Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center focuses only on outpatient surgeries, procedures are not delayed by more critical cases, as sometimes happens at hospitals.

How do I arrange to have my surgery done at Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center?

You and your physician can make the decision to have your procedure performed at Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center.