What to Expect
In order to ensure your experience with us is a positive one – and as streamlined and hassle-free as possible, we’ve provided basic information below about what you can expect before and after your outpatient surgery at our facility. If you have any additional questions, please contact your physician’s office, or you can reach the Royal Oak Surgical Center in Royal Oak, Michigan, at (248) 658-0878.
Pre-Op | Day of Surgery
- Follow all pre-op instructions from your doctor. You may be instructed to stop taking certain medications 24 hours before surgery. You may also need to stop eating or drinking 12 hours before surgery.
- On the day of surgery, avoid using any lotion, gel, hairspray, perfume/cologne, or deodorant.
- When you arrive at the surgery center, please check in at the front desk and confirm that all your paperwork and insurance information is complete.
- The pre-op nurse will meet with you to review your medical record and verify you have completed all pre-op instructions from your doctor. You will be given a patient gown to put on and a chance to empty your bladder.
- The anesthesiologist will meet with you to discuss the type of anesthesia you will receive and let you know what to expect.
Post-Op / After Surgery
- After surgery, you will be allowed to recover at your own pace. A recovery nurse will be monitoring you at all times to ensure you are fully awake before discharge.
- You may feel drowsy, dizzy, or nauseous from the anesthesia. This is normal and should last no more than 24 hours after surgery.
- At discharge, the nurse will give you instructions to follow at home to keep your incision clean and manage post-operative pain. You may need to stop by a pharmacy to fill prescriptions on your way home.
- Be sure to have someone at the surgery center who can drive you home after surgery. You will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours after surgery.
Post-Op Outpatient Surgery / At-Home Recovery
- Follow discharge instructions closely regarding activity, diet, and medications, and call the nurse or doctor if you have any concerns or questions. Call the surgeon immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience any of the following:
- Unexpected severe pain (sudden or persistent)
- Heavy bleeding
- Fever greater than 101 F
- During the follow-up appointment with your surgeon, you will discuss the next phase of your recovery.
If you want to learn more about what to expect for an outpatient surgery at Royal Oak Surgical Center, do not hesitate to give us a call at (248) 658-0878. Our friendly staff is happy to answer your questions.