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Day of Surgery Information

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.

Before Surgery

On the morning of surgery, you will meet the anesthesia team (which may be different from the one you saw in anesthesia clinic), our nurses and resident staff. Once you go into surgery, your family will be in the Day Surgery Waiting Area. Your surgeon will alert you as to when the operation will actually start, usually one to two hours after you enter the operating room, and he will talk to your family after surgery.

After Surgery

When you wake up, you will go to the recovery room for a while before you go to your room. (The recovery room is usually in our intensive care unit, the Neuro ICU, on 7th floor of Jones Pavilion). Sometimes, patients can go home directly from the Neuro ICU. Your family cannot visit you in the recovery room, but they can visit you when you get to your room. The Day Surgery staff will let your family know your exact room number and how to get there.

If you are initially sent to the Neuro ICU (most patients are), you will go to a regular room before discharge. You may see a therapist or care coordinators during your stay. Your neurosurgeon will explain the purpose of these visits if they occur. He or she will also tell you when you will be discharged.

Your Care Team

In the hospital, you may see many members of our extended team. These will include our resident physicians (neurosurgeons in training), members of the intensive care unit team, hospitalists, physician’s assistants and 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.

The different teams are there to help you on your way to recovery. Any issues that may arise, or conflicting information that you might receive, will be clarified by your neurosurgeon.