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Avera Orthopedic Surgery Specialists

701 8th Ave NW
Aberdeen, SD 57401
605-226-2663
Toll Free: 800-765-2660

Frequently Asked Orthopedic Surgery Questions

My Child is having surgery, what should I know?

We encourage family interaction. You will be able to be with your child much of the pre-surgical and recovery time. Since your child will probably want your individual attention the day of surgery, we suggest that you do not bring other children with you to the surgery. In addition, we require at least one parent or guardian be at the present at all times. Children may bring a special toy or blanket with them to surgery.

How do I prepare for surgery?

The surgical staff will call you several days prior to your surgery. If you haven't been contacted by 4:00 pm the day before your surgery, please call us at (605) 225-3300 or Toll Free 1-888-340-8607.

Can I eat or drink before surgery?

It is important that your stomach be empty for surgery. It is absolutely necessary that you fast after midnight the night before surgery. This means NO FOOD, NO WATER OR OTHER FLUIDS, NO GUM, NO HARD CANDY, unless you are directed to do so by one of the surgery staff members. Avoid alcoholic beverages and refrain from smoking 24 hours before and after surgery.

I am sick, can I still have surgery?

If you develop a cold, fever, rash, cough, or sore throat before your scheduled surgery, please contact your physician.

When can friends and family visit?

An adult member of your family or a friend may wait with you before your surgery and may visit with your doctor following surgery. This person will be referred to as your care partner. An assortment of beverages and pastries are provided for those accompanying patients. Your care partner may remain with you 24 hours a day if desired. 

Can I drive myself home after surgery?

After your physician has released you to go home, your nurse will help you plan the time that your driver should pick you up. For your health and safety, we cannot permit you to drive yourself home.

We are from out of town, is there a place for me as the patient to stay with my care partner prior to and following surgery, if needed?

For your convenience, we have arranged discounted pricing for overnight lodging at two conveniently located Aberdeen motels:

  • Super 8 Motel/North
    1023 8th Ave. NW
    Telephone: 605-226-2288
  • Best Western Ramkota Inn
    1400 8th Ave. NW.
    Telephone: 605-229-4040.

Please contact us at 605-225-3300 for more information or to make a reservation.

What items should I bring for my surgery?

We will provide hospital gowns, robe and slippers. If you wish you may bring your own nightgown, pajamas or slippers.You may bring your own personal care items (curling irons, shavers, blow dryers) and toiletries. Your bathroom does have a supply of body and hair soap.

Your may want to bring your cell phone or a long distance phone card if you wish to make long distance calls or you may also call collect.
Please bring a list of all current medications you are taking with appropriate dosage and the times you are taking them, or bring your medication bottles.