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Preoperative Instructions

Thank you for choosing the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center for your neurological care. The information listed below will help guide you through the day of your surgery. For additional information, please contact Mischer Neuroscience Associates at (713) 704-7100.

Scheduling Your Preoperative Appointment

Schedule your pre-op appointment 1-2 weeks before your surgery date by calling 713.704.3724. This clinic visit may last 1 to 2 hours. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the appointment at the anesthesia clinic, which is at:

UT Professional Building
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 704-3724

It is important to be early for your appointment. During your visit, an anesthesiologist will interview you and perform tests (such as blood work, EKG and chest X-rays) necessary for your surgery. You will be signing your consent for surgery if you have not already done so with your surgeon. We will give you and your family (or any other accompanying person) an opportunity to ask any questions about your anesthesia and provide you with preoperative instructions, including where and what time to report on the day of surgery.

Preoperative Clinic Visit Requirements

It is VERY IMPORTANT to bring all of your medications with you the day of your pre-op appointment and also the day of surgery. If you have had any testing in the last two years on your heart or lungs, such as an echocardiogram, stress test or cardiac catheterization, our anesthesiologist will need to review this information at your pre-op appointment. Bring the results with you or have your doctor fax them to us at 713.704.6995. Please also bring a list of your doctors’ phone numbers.

On the day of your pre-op appointment, you may eat and drink normally and should continue to take all of your usual medications unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise. Let your surgeon know if you are taking any blood thinners.

If you wear eyeglasses, please bring them with you because you will need to fill out information for your surgery. If you have any questions about your pre-op appointment, please call (713) 704-3724.

Parking and Directions for Preoperative Appointment

Parking is available for a fee in the UT Professional Building garage, the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage, in the Texas Medical Center Garage 4, and at the Fannin Valet at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. On the day of your surgery, parking can be validated for one car only per patient (patients must pay the difference if parking in valet). Please be sure to bring your parking ticket with you.

Preprocedure Instructions for Pain Management

Getting to your preoperative appointment after you park your car:

From Garage 4: Walk from the garage through the hospital. Go to the 2nd floor of the hospital and take the skybridge across Fannin to the UT Professional Building. The anesthesia clinic is on the 6th floor.

From Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza: Take escalators to the 2nd floor and turn right. You will pass the Au Bon Pain restaurant; keep going straight. After you pass the skybridge to the hospital, you will turn to your right and cross over into the UT Professional Building. Follow the hallway and take the elevators to the 6th floor.

From UT Garage: Walk across the breezeway to the UT Professional Building. Once you have entered the building, take the elevators to the 6th floor.

From Fannin Valet: Locate the outdoor elevator bank on the opposite side of the hospital entrance. Take the elevators to the 2nd floor. Take the skybridge across Fannin to the UT Professional Building. The anesthesia clinic is on the 6th floor.

Prior to Surgery

Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the day prior to surgery. (For example, if your surgery is on Tuesday, then do not eat or drink after 11:59 p.m. on Monday.) 

  • Please shampoo your hair prior to surgery.
  • STOP aspirin and/or any blood thinners 7-10 days prior to surgery.
  • If you are taking Afinitor (everolimus) or Avastin (bevacizumab), stop taking these medications at least one week prior to surgery. Check with the prescribing physician for his/her recommendation and approval.
  • Epilepsy patients on Depakote must call their neurologist a week before surgery to switch to another medication for surgery purposes.

Day of Surgery

Please bring all of your medications with you. Patients should register at Admissions on the 1st floor of the Cullen Pavilion on the day of surgery. Please refer to the Directions and Parking sheet in your patient folder for more information.

Call the office at (713) 704-7100 to confirm all pre-op and surgery appointments.