Thank you for choosing Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center to provide for your surgical care needs. Our goal is to provide you with compassionate care, while keeping you informed throughout your stay. If at any point you feel that you need additional information, have questions or simply want an update on the plan for the day, please feel free to contact one of our team members at (713) 704-4375.
A nurse from the Day Surgery department at Memorial Hermann Hospital will call you the day prior to your surgery to give you instructions and the most up to date information regarding your surgery and arrival time. If you have not received a call by noon the day before surgery, please contact one of our team members at (713) 704-4375.
Please keep in mind that the scheduled surgery time is our best estimate. Your surgery could be moved earlier or later on the schedule for many reasons. Thank you for being flexible and patient.
Parking is available in several garages near Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. (Rates vary according to garage. Pay stations are conveniently located so that you may pay first before you leave.)
Report to Sarofim Day Surgery Admissions, 2nd floor Sarofim Pavilion (6411 Fannin St. Houston, Texas 77030)
After registering on the 2nd floor, you will be directed to the day surgery waiting area. Please be sure to check-in at the day surgery waiting area desk. Day Surgery Unit phone number is (713) 704-4375 and business hours are from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Any change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, persistent cough or rash, should be reported to your surgeon before the day of surgery. If this occurs, please call the surgeon's office to discuss if your surgery should be rescheduled.
Prescription medications may need to be taken at home before you arrive. If you haven’t given information regarding to any prescription or OTC drugs to the pre-admission nurse, please bring a complete list with the names of the drugs, doses, and times taken. If you take Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, or Lovenox, please call your surgeon’s office to see if you need to stop taking your blood thinners prior to surgery.
If you have any questions regarding prescription medications, please contact your surgeon’s office.
If you need additional information or anticipate a late arrival, please notify us at (713) 704-4375.
You will arrive at least two hours prior to your scheduled procedure. This is to allow for the necessary clinical care (changing into hospital gown, vital signs, IV start, lab work, medication administration, etc.) prior to your surgery. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will see you and answer any questions you may have, and our multidisciplinary team will perform a safety assessment during which you may be asked the same questions multiple times. Your family is welcome to stay with you during this phase of your care. Once the team has completed all quality checks, you will be taken to the operating room.
Your family may wait in the 2nd Floor Day Surgery Waiting Room. Once surgery has started, the operating room nurse will call the waiting room and provide updates for your family.
After surgery is complete, your anesthesiologist and nurse will transport you to the PACU/recovery area. There may be a delay of up to 30 minutes to 1 hour after your surgeon speaks with your family before you actually arrive in recovery because they may still be in the closing process and it takes time to wake up from anesthesia. While in the recovery room, the nurse will monitor the patient’s airway, stabilize vital signs and manage pain and nausea. The anesthesiologist will assess the patient prior to discharging the patient from the PACU. Once the patient has met all criteria, a transfer will take place to the next phase of care. If the patient is going home they will be transferred to Phase 2 Recovery for discharge. If they are being admitted, a room will be requested and the patient will be transferred once it is available.
Phase 1 Recovery is a closed unit, so you will see your family after you have left the Recovery area, either in Phase 2 recovery for discharge or in your Patient Room.
Estimated length of Phase 1 recovery: 1½ - 2 Hours
If you are going home after your surgery, this will be the last phase of your stay with us. You can expect to be sitting up in a recliner and your family will be invited to join you. You will be offered fluids to drink and a light snack. Once your pain is tolerable, and all criteria are met, you will be discharged home with a responsible adult.
Estimated length of Phase 2 recovery time: 1 - 1½ Hour
Please understand that these times are estimates. We will make sure that your care is safe and effective throughout the entire process. Should you require special attention, for any reason, we will do our best to provide it.