Day ofSurgery

Day ofSurgery

What to Expect

Food and Drink

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.

  • Up to three hours before your arrival time, you may drink clear liquids (water, apple juice, 7UP, or black coffee — no cream or sugar). For example, if you are to arrive at 10 a.m. you may have clear liquids up until 7 a.m.
  • You may take your daily medications with a sip of water (except as noted by your physician or in your preoperative interview) at any time.

Other Medical Conditions

If you are a diabetic, keep the following issues in mind. Consult with your physician prior to surgery.

  • Do not take oral diabetic medication the day of surgery.
  • Do not take insulin the day of surgery.
  • Take your blood sugar in the morning, if you normally do so. (Call the surgery center in the morning if you have any questions at (248) 265-4614.)
  • Bring your insulin to the center.

If you use inhalers or other breathing apparatuses, bring them to the center with you.


Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. If you are having shoulder surgery wear a larger button down top and elastic waist pants and bring a pillow for the car ride home.

What to Bring

While you are here, you may need to provide several pieces of documentation and other general information. Please have the following available with you on the day of your surgery.

  • Insurance card
  • Driver’s license or another valid form of identification
  • List of current medications along with the dosages
  • Eyeglasses for reading forms
  • Contact case and solution
  • Hearing aids
  • Diaper bag, bottles, toy, and/or blanket if the patient is a child
  • Medications as requested by the nurse during your preoperative call

Leave all other valuables at home.

Bring a friend or relative with you so that they can drive you home after the procedure.


Only one visitor will be allowed to come into the center and stay with you. If more than one person arrives with you, they will be directed to remain in the vehicle. Your visitor must remain on the UnaSource Campus for the duration of you stay.


Please arrive at the center at the time specified by the nurse. Preoperative time allows for registration, any preoperative testing, preparation, assessment, and adjustments in the surgery schedule.

  • Parking is conveniently located on the south and west sides of the building.
  • Please stop at the reception desk to review and sign your consents.
  • One of our nurses will escort you to your private patient care room.
  • Your family and friends may wait for you in the waiting area where there is complimentary coffee, hot tea, and soft drinks.
  • Your nurse will check your temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure and will verify your health history information given to the nurse over the phone. Preoperative medications may be given to you at this time. You may be asked to change into a gown.
  • Your anesthesiologist will review your medical history, review your test results (if applicable), do a brief physical exam, and discuss your anesthetic with you.
  • You may choose to have a family member present during your preparation, or your family may join you upon completion of the nursing assessment and testing.
  • Parents will remain with children in the patient care room until the time of surgery.
  • For added comfort, your private room is equipped with a high-definition television.
  • When it is time for surgery, the surgical team will take you to the operating suite. The amount of time in surgery depends on your particular procedure.

After Surgery

After surgery you will return to your private patient care room. The nurses will monitor your recovery and care for you until your condition allows for your visitor to join you.

Your surgeon will talk to your visitor on your progress immediately after surgery.


When your condition meets the discharge criteria of your physician and the center, you will be prepared for discharge.

Your nurse will review home care instructions with you, and review information your physician ordered about  diet, activity, medications, dressing, pain follow-up visits, returning to work, showering or bathing, and lifting.

For your safety a family member or friend must drive you home, and we require that you have a responsible adult stay with you for the night after your procedure.

Learn what you need to do in the days leading up to your surgery.

Get Prepared

Complete YourPre-Surgical Health Assessment


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