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About Your Surgery

Thank you for choosing the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center for your neurological care. Please read the information below to help you prepare for your surgery and the necessary follow-up care.

Financial Information

Once your surgical procedure has been scheduled, we will notify your insurance carrier to verify surgical benefits, deductible amounts and coinsurance amounts. Precertification will be done if your policy requires. A financial counselor from our office will conduct a surgical cost analysis and will contact you prior to your procedure.

Anesthesia Clinic Requirements

The Anesthesia Clinic is located in the UT Professional Building at 6410 Fannin, Suite 600. It is very important that you notify your anesthesiologist of any heart surgeries or diagnostic tests performed on your heart or lungs within the last two years.

Please bring the results of these tests and any recent blood work already completed to your appointment, or have them faxed to (713) 704-6995. In addition, bring a complete list of all current medications, including vitamins or supplements, and any known medication allergies or other important health information.

Before Your Surgery – Medications, Food and Drink

  • Anticoagulation medications (sometimes called “blood thinners”) and ace inhibitors, including aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), Plavix (clopidogrel), warfarin (Coumadin), and lisinopril (Prinivil) should not be taken for at least one week prior to surgery. If you are taking these or any other strong medications such as chemotherapy drugs or immunosuppressants, please discuss with your prescribing doctor when it will be safe to resume these medications after surgery.
  • If you are taking medications for diabetes, please DO NOT take them on the morning of your surgery unless specifically instructed by your doctor.
  • If you are taking medications for seizures/hypertension/heart problems, etc. please DO take these as you normally do, with a sip of water (about 15 cc or ½ oz).
  • Do not eat or drink after midnight the day prior to surgery, including NO coffee or tea the morning of surgery.

Post-op Appointment

Your neurosurgeon will want to see you 11 to 15 days after surgery. During this visit, we will check your recovery, remove all sutures and plan future treatments or follow-ups. Our office keeps track of patients and will contact you to set up your post-op appointments, but you can also call the office to schedule directly if you prefer.

Contacting Us

If you are having any problems at home, please call the office. If the physician’s Medical Assistant (MA) is not available, our clinic has an answering service for your convenience. If you need emergency care, please go to the Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Before you go to the Emergency Center, notify the on-call physician. Doing so will expedite your visit and our team will do an evaluation.

Important Numbers

Mischer Neuroscience Associates: (713) 704-7100
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center: (713) 704-4000