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Preparing for Surgery at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids

We want to help you feel prepared and comfortable throughout your treatment. Be sure to discuss the details of your procedure with your doctor. If you have any questions or special requests regarding your time at St. Luke's, please call us at (319) 369-7827 so we can work with you and your doctor to make sure your needs are met.

Tips for Preparing for Surgery

Talk to your doctor

Asking your doctor what you should expect before, during and after your procedure will help immensely as you begin preparing for surgery. Discuss any medications you're currently taking and those you may have to take after surgery. Your doctor may ask you to quit taking some medications before your surgery. Don't hesitate to discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor and surgeon.

Schedule your pre-surgical STAR phone appointment

If your surgery will be at St. Luke's SurgiCare in the main hospital, you'll need to schedule a pre-surgical phone appointment. STAR (Surgical Screening Admission Registration) appointments are scheduled prior to your surgery. This phone visit will review your medical history and ensure that you're ready for surgery.

Call (319) 369-7827 to schedule your STAR phone appointment. 

Call your insurance provider

Call your insurance provider to confirm the details of your coverage and pre-certification. St. Luke's has a dedicated team of financial counselors. If you have questions about the cost of your procedure, please contact them at (319) 369-7513.

Arrange transportation

Plan on arriving at the hospital one and a half to two hours before your scheduled surgery time unless directed otherwise. You can park on Level 4 of the North Parking structure. Free valet parking is also available from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the SurgiCare entrance.

Follow pre-surgical instructions

You will receive specific instructions about how to prepare for your surgery. These may include information about your medications, instructions to stop smoking and guidelines for when you must stop eating and drinking. If you have not received these instructions, contact your surgeon's office or St. Luke's at (319) 369-7827.

Contact us

If you have questions or would like more information about preparing for your surgery, contact our team at (319) 369-7827.