Preparing for Surgery
Instructions for surgery
If surgery is necessary, knowing these instructions will make your experience more pleasant and safe.
Your surgical time is subject to change; this may happen as late as the day before your scheduled surgery. We will do our best to keep the original time and date, but this is not always possible due to any emergencies that may occur.
Please call Sparrow Hospital prior to your surgery so a brief medical history can be conducted by one of the nurses over the phone. The procedure for this varies, so please follow the instructions in the surgery pamphlet which has been given to you. Sparrow may give you a surgical time during this phone interview, but it may not be definite.
If you have any medical problems such as diabetes, asthma, heart problems, blood pressure problems, etc., you should call your family physician. An evaluation may be needed prior to your surgery.
Please call centralized scheduling at 517.364.3659 or toll free 1-800-772-7769, seven to 30 days before your surgery dare to schedule a pre-operative interview. Have your Social Security Number and insurance card(s) ready when you call.
The best time to call and schedule the interview is between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Pre-operative interviews are scheduled up to four working days before the day of the surgery.
Two weeks before surgery:
Stop all use of vitamins and herbal medications
Have your medical clearance ( Dr. Drayer will tell you if you need one) completed and report sent to our office
Take only your prescription medications
Perform any additional directions supplied by the hospital or Dr. Drayer
One week before surgery:
Do not take any medications containing aspirin. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin, Naprosyn, Voltaren, Advil, Aleve or Ibuprofen as these medications slow down blood-clotting time. You may take Tylenol products.
Day of surgery:
Do not wear makeup. Leave contact lenses at home or bring something to place then in prior to surgery as they cannot be worn during your surgery. Leave all valuables and jewelry at home. Arrange for a ride because you can not drive yourself home. Someone must stay with you for 24 hours following your surgery. Wear loose-fitting clothes.
You are to eat nothing after midnight prior to the day of your surgery unless otherwise instructed. No alcohol for 24 hours prior to surgery.