Learn about common same-day operations, directions and where to park, and the phases you will go through the day of your operation.
We have the capability to provide numerous same day surgical procedures including: knee repairs, shoulder repairs, ACL, breast surgery and augmentation, ear tubes, sinus surgery, opthalmology and endoscopic carpal tunnel releases.
The Day Surgery Center (DSC) is located on the second floor of Outpatient Services, 11800 Astoria Blvd., Houston, TX, on the campus of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Complimentary valet parking is available for your convenience.
A RN will contact you by phone three to seven days prior to your scheduled surgery. We begin the process of planning for your visit at this time by collecting pertinent information about you. You will be asked questions regarding your health history, current medications you are taking, previous surgeries and hospitalizations, allergies, etc. An anesthesiologist and a nurse will begin the best plan of care for you.
You will be given a time to arrive at the DSC. Your scheduled surgery time may change prior to the day of your surgery for various reasons. If your surgery time changes, you will be notified. Please keep your surgery day somewhat flexible so time changes don't cause significant problems.
You will need to come into our pre-op testing area PRIOR TO the day of your scheduled surgery. Our pre-op testing area for both our Main Surgery and Day Surgery Departments is located on the second floor of the main hospital in Outpatient Services. If you do not have your assessment completed prior to the day of your surgery, you may experience delays and in some instances, if there is an anesthesia concern, cancellation of your surgery. You will also handle your financial obligations at this time.
Once you arrive, a registration clerk will meet with you to verify your personal information: phone number, address, insurance information, etc. During your visit, you may be asked some of the same questions several times to assure quality care. The registration clerk will escort you to a pre-op room where a nurse will prepare you for surgery.
Individual, private rooms make preparation for your surgery ideal. You will be assigned a nurse to help you get ready for surgery. Here you will be asked to change into a gown, remove all jewelry, contact lenses, dentures, piercing, etc. We suggest you travel light. We recommend that you do not wear jewelry or bring valuables to the hospital on your scheduled surgery day.
Visitors are allowed at this point. However we ask that only one visitor at a time be in the pre-op room. We do make exceptions for our child patients so both mom and dad can stay with them. Our cozy family room is available for the rest of the family.
An IV will be started and any pre-op meds that have been ordered for you will be given. The surgeon, surgery nurse and anesthesiologist will come in and talk with you and answer any questions you might have.
When it is time for you to go to the surgery suite, the circulating RN will verify your name and what we will be doing for you. He or she will take you to the operating room. You will be asked to move onto the operating room bed where a heart monitor and blood pressure cuff will be attached.
After surgery, you will be transported to our Phase I recovery area for approximately 30 minutes. The length of time you stay in Phase I recovery depends on your physical status according to specific discharge criteria for this area. As recovery depends on the individual, time varies with each patient. You will wear monitoring devices to monitor your heart, blood pressure and breathing.
Once you have met the criteria to move on, you will be taken to our Phase II recovery area. This is where we extend your recovery to make sure you are ready to go home. Your family will meet you in this area. We will be happy to phone your prescription to your pharmacy or you might want to use our Walgreen's Pharmacy located on the first floor in the Medical Plaza 1. Once you have met the criteria for this area, you are ready to be discharged and complete your recovery at home. We ask that a designated driver be a part of your discharge process because you may receive medications that will not permit you to drive.
A RN will escort you to a discharge area where your family will drive up to take you home. A RN will contact you within a few days of your surgery to see how you are doing.
The following physicians and healthcare providers will be a part of your surgery at Memorial Hermann Southeast: