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Prior to Your Surgery

Prior to Your SurgeyYou will receive a phone call from our highly skilled pre-surgical nurse to further prepare you for your surgery. During this phone call, you will be asked about current medications you are taking, as well as a brief medical history. This is a great time to confirm the medications your surgeon instructed you to take and the ones to stop. We understand your time is very valuable, this is why we have a nurse dedicated entirely to your pre-surgical care.

Contact your insurance company to verify insurance coverage including co-pay, co-insurance or deductible requirements. Contact 574.335.4500 to arrange a payment schedule for co-pay, co-insurance, deductible or non-covered amounts. If you are not able to meet the payment plan requirements, you may be eligible for a governmental program or financial assistance. Please ask to speak to a financial counselor about these options.


If at any point you have questions, please contact us:
Mishawaka Campus  574-335-1114
Plymouth Campus     574-948-4420

Preparing for Surgery

  • Arrange ahead of time for a reliable friend or relative to drive you home after the surgery. You will not be released to drive yourself home if you have had anesthesia, sedation or pain medication.
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you for 24 hours following surgery, and dependable childcare, if necessary.
  • Ask your surgeon if you should stop taking aspirin or blood thinners prior to surgery.
  • Gather all relevant insurance information ahead of time. Find out if you will be asked for a co-pay or deductible payment.
  • Diabetics: Contact your physician to find out how much insulin you are to take the morning of surgery.
  • Double check the time of your surgery and arrive 2 hours beforehand, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Do not eat solid foods 8 hours prior to surgery, unless your doctor or anesthesiologist has given you other instructions.

Pre-Surgical Patient Checklist

Saint Joseph Health System  |  5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, IN 46545  |  574.335.5000

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