Patient Instructions:

Please see below for instructions which should be followed both before your arrival and on the day of your procedure.

Before Your Arrival:

  • Complete the Simple Admit history form online (click here) or the pre-admissions nurse will call you within 1 week of your scheduled procedure. Please return any message left by our pre-admissions nurse no later than 3:00pm two days before your procedure date.
  • The day before your surgery, call 989-495-9100 between the hours of 2:00pm and 4:00pm for your scheduled time of arrival to the surgery center. If your procedure is scheduled for Monday, please call the surgery center on Friday.  If you are having a pain injection or colonoscopy/endoscopy, please follow the times given to you by the physician’s office.
Colonoscopy Patients:
  • Follow instructions regarding solid food consumption and prep directions given to you by the physician’s office.
  • Please notify the Surgery Center ASAP if:
    • You cannot see through to the bottom of the toilet after you have finished the entire prep.
    • You were unable to complete or got sick during the prep.
    • You have any questions regarding the prep.
All Other Patients:
    • No food after midnight (including gum and candy). You may have clear liquids including coffee/tea with sugar (you CANNOT add milk/creamer) up to 4 hours prior to your arrival time.
    • You may take the following medications the morning of the procedure with a small sip of water:
      • Prescription pain medications
      • Antianxiety medications
      • Antidepressants
      • High Blood Pressure medications
      • Heart Medications
      • Inhalers
      • Half your dose of Long Lasting Insulin
    • Stop all blood thinners including Aspirin, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and those prescribed to you 5 days prior to arrival date unless otherwise instructed.
    • Do not consume alcohol or tobacco products for 24 hours prior to your procedure.
    • It is very important that you shower the night before or morning of your procedure. Do not apply lotions or powders to your skin.  Do not wear makeup.  In order to help prevent surgical site infections, do not shave the procedure site for 3 days prior to your surgical date.
    • Remove all jewelry, including all body piercings. Leave all valuables at home.
    • Bring a complete medication list that includes dosage information.
    • Notify your physician of any changes in your health including; a cold, fever, flu, or any skin changes.
  • Space in limited in the waiting room. Please do not bring more than 2 responsible adults with you.  Do not bring children.
  • Have a responsible adult (18 years or older) available to stay in the building throughout your stay to listen to discharge instructions and drive you home.
  • Photo ID and insurance card will be needed at registration.
  • Please follow any additional instructions given by your physician or the nursing staff.

The Day of Your Procedure:

  • Before Your Procedure
    • You will be brought back to the preoperative area.
    • The nurse or technician will take your vitals.
    • The nurse will:
      • Review your medications (including the date you last took each).
      • Make sure all consents are signed.
      • Get an IV started.
      • Give you any oral medications that are necessary for your surgery.
      • Remove any hair around surgical site using clippers (surgical pts. only).
    • Anesthesia will:
      • Interview you if you are receiving anesthesia.
    • The physician will:
      • Come in and mark your surgical site of needed and be available to answer any questions you may have. This also may be done by the physician’s PA (physician’s assistant).
  • During Your Procedure
    • Your visitor will be escorted out to the lobby.
    • You will be monitored by an anesthesia provider who will be with you throughout the entire procedure.
    • If you are not having sedation, you will be monitored by the Registered Nurse in the room who will be with you throughout the entire procedure.
    • Any necessary antibiotics will be given to you just prior to the procedure.
  • After Your Procedure
    • You will be transferred to the recovery area.
    • Once you are awake, your visitor will be brought to your beside.
    • Sedation patients will be monitored for at least a ½ hour.
    • General anesthetic patients will be monitored for at least 1 hour.
    • A drink and snack will be provided.
    • Discharge instructions will be reviewed with you and your visitor.
    • Your IV will be removed prior to discharge.
    • Any necessary prescriptions will be given to you to take to the pharmacy of your choice.