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Hospital Admission the Day of Surgery

If You are Being Admitted the Day of Your Operation

When To Arrive at the Hospital

You will be called with your arrival time the afternoon before your surgery. However, if your surgeon has already provided you with a specific time of arrival, follow your surgeon's instructions. Please arrive at the registration desk on the second floor at the time you are instructed. Please make sure a telephone number where you can be reached is available, even for the day of your operation.

Wear loose clothing that can be easily removed and folded (example: sweat suit). Do not wear any jewelry. Do not bring your personal items to the hospital at this time. Please arrange to have a relative or friend bring them to your hospital room after your operation. If you have any last minute questions the evening prior to the day of your operation, please call the operating room at 734-655-2000 and a nurse will assist you.

Going to Surgery

You and your companion will check-in at the registration desk on the second floor. You will then be taken to the Pre-Anesthesia testing department or to the surgery waiting room.

For your safety, the following must be removed before your operation: All jewelry including wedding rings and body piercings

  • Contact lenses, including extended wear, if possible leave contacts at home, if you must wear them, bring a container to store them in.
  • Glasses
  • Dentures, any removable dental work
  • Wigs, hairpins, hairclips
  • Make-up
  • Tampons

The pre-operative care nurse will help you get ready for surgery. The nurse will ask you to empty your bladder, will check your blood pressure, temperature and weight, and ask you additional questions. You will change into a hospital gown and get onto a stretcher. You will have an intravenous (IV) started. The IV is used to give you fluids and medications. An anesthesiologist will talk to you about your anesthesia. This is the time to ask any questions or express any concerns about your anesthesia.

Your surgeon will also see you in the preoperative area and answer any last minute questions and discuss any concerns you may have. For your safety, the staff may ask you the same questions many times. They will ask: who you are, what kind of surgery you are having and the part of your body to be operated on. They will also double check the records from your doctor's office. Depending on the type of surgery you are having the surgeon will mark the site on your body. Your neck, upper back or lower back will be marked if you are having spine surgery. The surgeon will check the exact place on your spine in the operating room after you are asleep.

Depending on the type of surgery you are having, you may be given a pre-operative antibiotic for your safety. Immediately prior to surgery, your surgeon will take a "time-out." This is done to make sure we are doing the right surgery on the right body part on the right person.

Family Waiting Areas

If you are to be admitted the same day as your operation, it is recommended that a responsible adult accompany you to the hospital. Your family and friends will wait for you in the surgery waiting room. After you have changed into a hospital gown and have had your IV started, family members or adult companions may be allowed to stay with you in the preoperative room until it is time to go to the operating room.

Surgery often involves long waiting times for visitors; therefore, it is recommended young children not be brought to the hospital as visitors. If your family or friends leave the waiting room, they should let the clerk know. Pagers are available for them to use. Your family or friends will also be educated on the use of our surgery tracking boards.

After the surgery, your doctor will talk to your family or companion in a private waiting room. Family members are not allowed in the recovery room. While you are in the recovery room, your family will be given your hospital room number. Your family may then get your personal items from the car and wait for you in your room. If you are having outpatient surgery, you will go to a second recovery room, known as phase 2. This is where you will be discharged. Family is allowed in the phase 2 recovery room.

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