During Your Stay

Preparing for surgery can feel overwhelming or scary if you don’t know what to expect. You may have some unanswered questions and worries that make you feel this way. Knowing what to expect will help you feel less nervous and more in control.

These are just pre-cautionary guidelines for you and your family in preparation for your surgery at Memorial Houston Surgical Center. Instructions specific to your surgery will be given to you by your surgeon.

  • Please bathe the morning of surgery. If you wash your hair, please dry it and do not use hairspray
  • Do not wear/bring jewelry or valuables
  • Please do not wear any makeup
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting, casual clothing that can be removed easily
  • Bring a list of all prescriptions you’re currently taking as well as a written list of known allergies
  • Remove any fingernail or toenail polish
  • Please give a nurse the cell phone number of the person responsible for taking you home
  • All patients must sign a surgical consent form before any medication can be given or surgery performed
  • Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign the consent before surgery can take place
  • Patients should not leave the center unless they are under the supervision of a responsible adult. This may be a friend or relative who can drive the patient home
  • Smoking 24 hours before or after surgery may be detrimental to your recovery

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