What to Expect When You Need Surgery
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Pre-Surgical Call

Once your surgery is scheduled, a nurse will contact you to obtain your medical history. Our anesthesiologists need to know what medications you take, including herbal remedies, non-prescription and over-the-counter medicines, plus information about recent tests or lab work.The nurse will then give you instructions to follow before your surgery.

The Day Before Surgery

  • Occasionally changes in the surgery schedule occur. If your arrival time changes, we will notify you the day prior to your procedure.
  • Notify your surgeon of any change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
  • If you are having an outpatient procedure, please arrange for a responsible adult to transport you to and from the hospital. It is preferred they remain in the surgical lounge during the procedure. Additionally, someone needs to be with you for 24 hours following your procedure.

The Night Before Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including gum, mints, water or coffee.
  • Do not smoke before or after your surgery. It may cause problems with your anesthesia.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take any recreational drugs 48 hours before surgery.
  • Do not take aspirin, aspirin products, anti-platelet medication, ibuprofen or blood thinners for seven to 10 days prior to surgery unless otherwise directed by your physician.
  • If you take medication for breathing, seizures, heart disease or blood pressure, you may take them the morning of surgery with small sips of water. If you use an inhaler, bring it with you to the hospital.
  • If you are diabetic, do not take any pills or insulin the morning of your procedure. Blood glucose testing will be done at the hospital prior to surgery. Medication will be given at that time, if needed.
  • If you have any questions about your medications and their effect on your surgery, please call (313)966-6901.

The Day of Surgery

  • At your instructed arrival time please report to the Same Day Surgery registration area, located on the ground floor. If your arrival is after noon, please report to Admitting, located on the first floor.
  • Bring your photo ID, insurance card and social security number or card.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
    • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.The hospital is not responsible for your valuables.
    • Do not wear contact lenses, makeup, body lotion, wigs, hairpieces or hairpins.
    • Bring all applicable legal papers with you (advanced directives, guardianship, sterilization papers, etc.).
    • If you are having an outpatient procedure, a responsible adult must bring you to the hospital, remain onsite during your procedure, then drive you home.
    • You have two parking options at the hospital, self-park or valet. If you choose our 24/7 self-park area, we will validate your pass upon discharge.

Instructions for Children

  • Inform all family members your child should not eat or drink after midnight, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Do not let your child brush his/her teeth the morning of surgery. Remove drinking glasses from his/her reach.
  • You may bring formula or a special cup for use after surgery. Please bring extra diapers or a change of underwear.
  • Your child may bring a favorite toy or blanket.
    • A parent or guardian must remain at the hospital while the child is in surgery. If possible, do not bring other children.
    • Bring child's photo ID, if available.
      • Bring your health insurance card certificate for children under age 18, along with a parent or guardian photo ID.
      • If you are not the child's birth parent, please bring your legal guardianship papers.

After Your Surgery

  • You will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit where you will receive special care while awakening. Your surgeon will notify your family that you are in recovery and give them an update of your condition. An average stay in recovery is two hours.
  • If you are admitted after surgery, you will be transferred to your hospital room once you are awake and stable.
  • If you are having an outpatient procedure, you will be transferred to our Phase II discharge area and go home from there.
  • At discharge, instructions will be explained to you and all questions will be answered.
  • You cannot drive or work the day of surgery.
    • A responsible adult should stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
    • If you experience severe pain, bleeding or fever, call your surgeon or go directly to the nearest emergency room.
    • The next working day after your surgery, a nurse will call you to check on your progress.
    • You will be given a patient satisfaction survey, please return it by mail. Your opinion matters and helps us continually improve our services.