Day of Surgery

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

  • Up to three hours before your surgery time you may drink clear liquids (water, apple juice, 7-UP 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.

If you are a diabetic:

  • 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.

Bring any inhalers to the center.

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.

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

  • Insurance card
  • Driver’s license or some form of ID
  • List of current medications
  • Glasses 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
  • A friend or relative to drive you home after your procedure
  • Leave all valuables at home

When you arrive

  • 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 room.
  • Your family and friends may wait for you in the waiting area where there is complimentary coffee, hot tea and soft drinks.
  • Just for kids: In the waiting area you will find a play center and a TV/DVD player for their pleasure. Kid-friendly DVDs are available at the reception desk, or you may bring your own.
  • Children will need to stay in the lobby during your procedure.
  • 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 until the time of surgery.
  • For added comfort, your private room is equipped with a high-definition television.
  • When it is time for surgery a surgical nurse will take you to the operating suite. The amount of time in surgery depends on your particular procedure.
  • After surgery you will return to your room. The nurses will monitor your recovery and care for you until your condition allows for your family/friends to join you.
  • Your surgeon will talk to your family members 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 your family/friend.
  • Your physician will give you information about your diet, activity, medications, dressing, pain follow-up visits, returning to work, shower or bath and lifting.
  • For your safety a family member or friend must drive you home.
  • We recommend that you have a responsible adult stay with you the night of your procedure.
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