Patient Guidelines - Day of Surgery

What surgery patients can typically expect on the day of surgery.

Surgical Patient "Welcome Letter"  

General Information

  • Please do not bring children with you to the hospital, unless they are the patient, for their safety and the safety of our compromised patients.
  • No make-up, hairspray, jewelry (or any body piercing jewelry).
  • Glasses/contact lenses – bring carrying case
  • Dentures – do not use adhesives.
  • Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing appropriate for the procedure.
  • Shower or bathe the night before and morning of your surgery with antibacterial soap or Hibiclens, see link below.
  • Please change bed linens prior to arriving home.Bring insurance, prescription cards, and photo ID.
  • If you wake up ill the morning of your procedure, please call the Preop area at (810)989-3280.
  • Female patients may be asked for a urine specimen upon arrival, if within childbearing age.

Reception and Admitting

  • When you arrive at McLaren Port Huron for your procedure, remember to check in at the Front Lobby Information Desk, they will direct you to the appropriate surgical registration desk.
  • You will be asked for your insurance card and picture id.
  • You will also be given an information packet if you have not viewed/printed from the website.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the lounge for your family during their wait.
  • Please read the following material:
    Note: Please take a moment to read the following links. These informational documents may help answer questions you may have or generate questions for the RNs taking care of you.
  • Discharge Instructions (dependent on your procedure and the surgeon's preference).
  • Nurses will ask you to rate your pain according to the numeric or picture scale. This scale will help nursing staff evaluate and manage your pain. If you have any questions, ask the pre-operative nurse prior to surgery.

Pre-Operative Area

  • This is a private bay where you will change into a hospital gown.
  • A registered nurse will perform an assessment, and you will be prepared for surgery. This will include: having vital signs and weight measured, starting an IV (intravenous) line, possible lab tests, possible urine sample, skin prep and marking of operative site, if necessary.
  • We will happily provide you a warm blanket. You may bring a book or magazine to read while you wait. We also have head phones for music devices, and some preop bays are equipped with a TV.
  • You will learn about your anesthesia; the medication that will help to keep you comfortable during your procedure. Anesthesia will be provided based on your surgery type and your health status.
  • All anesthesiologists are medical doctors with special training in the field of anesthesiology.
  • CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) are advanced practice nurses specially trained in the field of anesthesiology.
  • There are three (3) different types of anesthesia that can be used:
    • General: You are totally asleep and aware of nothing.
    • Spinal/Epidural: Epidural anesthesia is a technique whereby a local anesthetic drug is injected through a catheter placed into the epidural space.
    • Local with sedation: You may receive relaxing medication as needed through an IV to keep you relaxed while your surgeon/anesthesia provider freezes the skin with medicine.
  • Your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and CRNA will visit with you in the preoperative area. Please feel free at this time to ask any questions regarding your procedure or anesthesia.
  • A nurse from the operating room will also visit you to verify your name, allergies, food intake status, and to identify the surgical site.
  • Waiting times before your procedure vary. We will make every effort to keep you informed and explain delays if they occur.
  • You will be transported to the operative area by a member of the surgical team.
  • Your family will be shown where to wait during your surgery. No family may be permitted in the operating room during the surgery.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

  • Your recovery begins with individual nursing care - including pain management.
  • The time spent in the Recovery Room may be more or less depending on your needs, the type of anesthesia and the procedure performed.
  • Family will not be able to visit in the Recovery Room.
  • Once you have met specific medical criteria, you will be discharged to the post-operative area.

Post-Operative Area

  • Recovery
    • You will be transferred to recovery area where you will be monitored closely. During this phase a registered nurse will:
    • Take vital signs.
    • Treat any nausea/vomiting.
    • Manage pain, if needed.
    • You will be offered a variety of snacks and drinks as you become more alert.
    • Your family will be able to visit you once you are awake.
    • Provide discharge education (both written and verbal) to you and to the person who is taking you home.
  • Prescriptions
    • Your physician will provide any discharge prescriptions necessary.
    • Have family or appropriate visitors fill these before leaving the facility, if you choose.
    • The hospital pharmacy accepts most insurance plans. Please remember to bring your prescription card with you.
  • Going Home
    • You will be observed and made comfortable until your doctor decides it is safe for you to go home.
    • The duration of this stage is dependent on your needs, type of anesthesia and the procedure performed.
    • A responsible/able person must drive you home. You are not permitted to drive yourself due to safety and legality rationale.
    • A staff member or a member of our volunteer staff will accompany you out of the building when you are discharged, by a wheelchair for your safety and comfort.