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Day of Surgery Information

The information below will help guide you through the day of your surgery. For additional questions, please contact Mischer Neuroscience Associates at (713) 704-7100.

At the Hospital – Before Your Surgery

When you arrive on the day of your surgery, please check in at Admissions, which is on the 1st floor of Cullen Pavilion at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. You will be escorted to Day Surgery. Once in Day Surgery, you will meet the nurses, resident staff and anesthesia team (which may be different than who you saw in the Anesthesia Clinic). Together with your neurosurgeon, they will review your current symptoms, discuss expectations from your surgery and answer any questions you may have. When it is time for your surgery, you will be moved directly to the Operating Room while your family waits in the Day Surgery Waiting Room.

After Surgery

Once your surgery is finished, you will be moved to the recovery room, and the neurosurgeon and/or resident physician will come to the waiting room to discuss how your surgery went with your family. When you wake up, you will be in the recovery room until you have fully recovered from the anesthesia (usually 45 minutes to an hour). Visitors are not allowed in this area.

If you are scheduled to stay overnight, you will be transferred to your room in the Jones Pavilion. The waiting area staff will let your family know your room number and how to get there. If you are scheduled to go home the same day, you will be moved from the initial recovery area to the “Phase II” recovery area for approximately an hour, at which time your family can see you and you will be discharged.

Hospital Care Team

In the hospital, you may see many members of our extended team, including resident physicians (neurosurgeons in training), members of the intensive care unit team, hospitalists (physicians who work in the hospital setting only), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical students, nurses, care coordinators, physician liaisons and therapists. The large teams and numbers of people involved can be confusing. However, keep in mind that your neurosurgeon will oversee and coordinate all care, and can answer any questions that you may have.