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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
Please arrive in the lobby of the Imaging Center – Family Birth Center at the time you are instructed, which is 1-1/2 to 2 hours before your operation. If the time of your operation changes, you will be notified by either your doctor’s office or the surgery department. Please make sure a telephone number where you can be reached is available, even the day of your operation.Wear loose, simple clothing that can be easily removed and folded (example: sweat suit). Do not bring your suitcase and 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 before or the day of your operation, please call the operating room at 734-712-3860 and a nurse will gladly assist you.

Going to Surgery
You and your companion will be escorted from the Imaging Center - Family Birth Center to the preoperative area. If you have trouble walking distances, please ask for a wheelchair. The preoperative 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 line (IV) started. The IV is used to give you fluids and medications. An anesthesiologist will talk with 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 or discuss any concerns you may have.

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 area. After you have changed into a hospital gown and have had your IV started, two family members or adult companions will 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. It is recommended that young children not be brought to the hospital as visitors. If you are going to a critical care unit after your operation, your family will wait in the Critical Care Family Waiting Room. After the operation, your doctor will talk to your family or companion in the waiting room. While you are in the recovery room, your family will be given your hospital room number. Your family may then get your suitcase or personal items from the car and wait for you in your room. Shuttle service can also be obtained by dialing 14 on the cab phone at the hospital’s main entrance.

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