Before your surgery, you will receive a phone call from the surgical pre-operative staff regarding preoperative instructions. Listen very carefully and take notes so that you do not forget anything. Basic instructions generally include:
1. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your surgery. This includes water and coffee. This is for your safety during the procedure, and unfortunately, if you eat or drink after midnight, your surgery will have to be postponed.
2. Make sure that your primary care physician and any other necessary physicians have completed your pre-operative medical evaluation and that you have discontinued any medications that you were instructed to stop taking by your physician.
3. If you will be having your surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, you will want to go to the South Entrance.
4. You will be called the night before surgery and told what time to arrive. Usually you are asked to arrive approximately 2 hours prior to your surgery time. This will allow time to get everything in order. Please allow enough time for traffic and bad weather; if you arrive late, your surgery might have to be rescheduled for later in the day or another day.
5. If you are having outpatient surgery, you MUST arrange for someone to drive you home. Every patient is given at least some kind of narcotic or sedative before, during, and/or after the operation. It is unsafe for you to drive or take public transportation. If you arrive without arrangements for a ride home, your surgery will have to be rescheduled.