Patient Guide-Before Your Surgery
Surgery Pre-RegistrationTelephone pre-registration helps ease check-in
on the day of surgery. Please call Garden City Hospital's Pre-Registration
department at 734-458-4408
at least one week prior to your scheduled surgery. Please have the following information
available when you call:
(name, address, telephone)
- Health Insurance Information
- Social Security Number
You may call to register between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you are unable to call during these hours, please leave a message with
your name and a phone number where you can be reached. We will be happy
to return your call.
Once you have pre-registered, you will receive a call from the Pre-Admission
Testing Department. For any question related to Pre-Admission Testing,
Please be ready to give your medical and surgical history, any prescription,
over-the-counter, or herbal medications you are taking along with their dosages
(print our Patient Medication List
to help stay organized), and any allergies you may have. It is important you let the nurse know
if you have a Latex allergy.
- The nurse will determine if your pre-anesthesia assessment can be completed
by phone or if an appointment must be scheduled for you to come to the
Pre-Admission Testing Department.
- The nurse will go over pre-surgery instructions, including what medications
you can take on the day of surgery, if any, what you should wear, and
when you should stop eating or drinking.
- If you need tests such as lab work, X-rays, or an EKG before surgery, or
need to come in to see the nurse, an appointment will be scheduled at
the time of your call. If you cannot keep this appointment or need to
change the date or time, please call Pre-Admission Testing at 734-458-3378.
- Your pre-anesthesia assessment and test results will be reviewed by an
anesthesiologist prior to your day of surgery in order to verify your
readiness for surgery. The anesthesiologist will review your pre-anesthesia
assessment with you on the actual day of surgery.
Medication / Diet / Transportation Planning
Patients will receive a call between 1 and 4 p.m. from a Pre-Op Nurse on
the business day before a scheduled procedure. The nurse will review pre-surgery
instructions and tell you what time to arrive at the hospital. Additional
guidelines for surgery that all patients must follow include:
Stop taking apirin and all Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications
(NSAIDS), such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Naprosyn and Ibuprofen, for 7
days prior to surgery(unless otherwise directed).
- If you are going home after your surgery, please arrange to have a driver
stay with you the whole time you are at the hospital.
- A responsible person needs to stay with you for the first 24 hours after
- Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours prior to surgery.
Nothing to eat or drink
(including water, gum, or mints) after midnight the day of your surgery.
- No smoking after midnight the day of your surgery.
- Please notify your surgeon if you develop any illness, fever, cold, or
sore throat as your surgery may need to be rescheduled.
What to Bring During Your Stay at GCH
To prepare for your surgery and to help you take an active role in your
recovery, we’ve put together a list of items you should pack for
your hospital stay:
- Photo ID
- Insurance Card
- Pre-Operative Papers
- List of Allergies and Current Medicines
- Contact information for the person who will drive you home
Copies of Advanced Directive, Living Will or Power of Attorney
(if you have them)
- Containers for Contact Lenses, Glasses, Hearing Aides or Dentures
Leave valuablesat home
(jewelry, credit cards, money, etc.)
Toiletries / Personal Items
(if you are staying overnight)
- Reading Material