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Frequently Asked Questions

The doctor's office scheduled my procedure. What do I do next?

The next step involves Registration and Pre-Admit Testing. A business office representative may call you at home or work if needed to obtain additional information for the registration process and a pre-admit nurse will call to obtain your health history.

Where do I go for Registration and Pre-Admit Testing?

Registration is located near the main entrance of the hospital. After completion of the registration process, you will be asked to take a seat in the waiting room. A staff member from Pre-Admit Testing will accompany you through the completion of the pre-admit testing process.

Will insurance cover my procedure? Who may I call if I have questions later?

A business office representative will conduct a financial interview with you regarding your insurance coverage, co-pay (if any), and assist you with making financial arrangements. A business office representative may contact you at home or obtain the information when you come in for Pre-Admit Testing. If additional questions arise at a later time, call (346) 231-6800 .

Do I need to go to Pre-Admit Testing if I do not need any lab work or had it done somewhere else?

It is important to get a baseline health assessment to ensure that you are a safe candidate for anesthesia. Often your doctor or the anesthesiologist requires laboratory tests, electrocardiograms and X-rays prior to the day of your procedure. You may not require any tests or they may be done elsewhere. A Pre-Admit Testing nurse will still need to interview you to complete an assessment of your health history and give you preoperative instructions and directions as to where to report to on the day of your procedure. At that time you will have an opportunity to address any concerns that you may have.

When should I come into Pre-Admit Testing?

It is preferable that you come in at least a day or two prior to your procedure date to allow time to obtain lab results and to complete the entire Pre-Admit process. You may complete Pre-Admit Testing up to 30 days prior to your procedure date.

How long does Pre-Admit Testing take?

The entire process from registration through testing should take about 1 1/2  hours. There are times when the volumes are high and it may take longer if you have not scheduled an appointment.

What are the hours for Pre-Admit Testing? Where do I call to make an appointment?

Pre-Admit Testing is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (346) 231-6800 .

Where do I check in on the day of my procedure? What time should I arrive?

The nurse in Pre-Admit Testing will instruct you where to check in on the day of your procedure. You will receive instructions from your doctor's office regarding your arrival time on the day of your procedure.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in front of the hospital.

What sort of preparation do I need before my procedure?

The type of preparation that you require depends on the type of procedure and type of anesthesia that you are having. Your doctor's office and the Pre-Admit Testing nurse will instruct you.

Who will administer my anesthesia?

At Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, the anesthesia department is a care team consisting of an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist. You will meet a care team member prior to your procedure. The doctor will discuss the choices that you have regarding the type of anesthesia. The anesthesiologists are independent contractors of the hospital. If you have any questions regarding the anesthesiologists, feel free to call (346) 231-4391.

Where do my family members and/or visitors wait?

A staff member will instruct your family/visitors where to wait while you are having your procedure.    

When will I be able to go home after my procedure?

The length of stay depends on the type of procedure that you had and the type of anesthesia that you received. If you had a general anesthetic, you will stay in the post-anesthesia care unit for a minimum of one hour. If it is planned for you to go home that same day, you will stay in Day Surgery until you are ready to be discharged.   

Can I drive myself home?

You must have a responsible adult available to drive you home, and someone to care for you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.

How do I care for myself at home?

At the time of discharge you and your escort will be given verbal and written instructions regarding your home care, follow up with your physician, and an emergency telephone number. If you had day surgery, you will be contacted by a nurse from the Day Surgery Center the following day to check on your progress.

Will I have an opportunity to comment on my stay at your facility?

All inpatients in the hospital will receive a Press-Ganey Survey. This is the tool that the hospital utilizes to rate the service that you received. The surveys are sent randomly to every third outpatient. Please take the time to complete the survey and return it in the self addressed envelope. We strive to provide very good service to you and your family. Your feedback is important to us.