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After you and your doctor decide that surgery is the best treatment for your condition or injury, you may have a multitude of questions and concerns. Surgery is a major commitment because it affects your lifestyle for several weeks and sometimes months after surgery.

The day before you are to have surgery at our Blue Water Surgery Center, you will be contacted by the surgery center nurse to confirm the time and any special directions for you to follow in preparation for the surgery. Please call the surgery center at (810) 985-5200 if you have not been reached by 2:00 p.m.

If you are having surgery at other facilities that our physicians are affiliated with, you will be contacted before surgery. If you need to reach these facilities, the numbers are:

McLaren Port Huron Hospital – (810) 987-5000
Lake Huron Medical Center - (810)216-1500


  • DO NOT take aspirin or aspirin products 10 days prior to surgery, but you may use Tylenol.
  • DO NOT eat or drink anything, including water, and do not smoke after midnight the evening before your surgery.
  • DO NOT chew gum the day of your surgery. Undigested food and liquid in your stomach can cause complications.
  • Take a shower or bath; wash and dry your hair.
  • Remove all nail polish, makeup, and jewelry.
  • Wear clean and comfortable clothing.
  • Notify your surgeon if you experience any health changes between your last visit and the day of your surgery, especially if you have an elevated temperature, a cough, a cold, are vomiting, or have diarrhea.
  • Please make necessary arrangements for your family, pets, and other responsibilities so you can devote your full attention to your recovery.
  • We request that you bring the medications (pills, eye drops, or ointments) that you are presently taking. Give the medications to the nurse who admits you to the hospital.

The Day of Surgery for Same-Day Surgery Procedures

Use the surgery center entrance and arrive at the surgery center admitting area at the time designated by your physician. Bring your insurance, Medicare, or medical assistance information with you, including insurance cards and addresses, and arrange for a responsible person to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery. Arrange for a licensed driver to take you home. For your safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle if you are scheduled for a general anesthetic, regional block, or intravenous sedation. As a rule, public transportation is not appropriate after surgery. Wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Arrange for care of your children for at least the first 24 hours after surgery. Be aware that you may not feel as energetic as usual after surgery.

The Day of Surgery for Patients Who Will Stay in the Hospital

Use the main surgery center entrance and arrive at the surgery center reception area at the time designated by your physician. Bring your insurance, Medicare, or medical assistance information with you, including insurance cards and addresses. You will be assigned a room, depending on your physician's orders. A registered nurse will meet you, ask questions about your health, and then explain what to expect before and after surgery. You will have an opportunity to ask questions. You will be asked to sign a consent form before any medications can be given or procedures started. You may receive a preoperative medication, which will make you feel drowsy and relaxed. Your chart will be checked to make certain that necessary information is complete. You will be asked many times to state your name, the surgery you are having, when you last ate or drank, and if you have any medication allergies. Do not be upset by this; the questions are repeated for your safety. An anesthetist and your physician will talk to you before your surgery begins. When all of these preparations have been completed, you will go to the operating room. Inform your family to wait in the surgical waiting area. The surgical host/hostess will advise your family when your surgery is completed and when you are in the recovery room. If family members leave the surgical waiting area, please advise the surgical host/hostess where he/she can contact them should the surgery be complete or should the physician wish to contact them prior to their return to the area. The physician will go to the surgical waiting area to talk with your family following surgery.

Postsurgery Information

Your physician will determine when you are ready to leave the hospital. The rehabilitation services staff will visit you after your surgery and instruct you in exercise and training, including the use of crutches or a walker if necessary. They will also give you a handout with these exercises on them. Remember to ask about diet, activity, medications, dressing, bathing and showering, pain (what to expect and what you can do), stitches and incision care, the first follow-up visit, and your return to work.

Perform the following exercises to help blood return to your heart when you are inactive after surgery:

  • Point the toes of both feet toward the foot of the bed and relax your feet.
  • Pull your toes toward your chin and relax your feet.
  • Circle both ankles, first to the right and then to the left. Repeat three times and then relax.
  • Bend your knee and slide your heel up as close as possible to your hip, relax, and repeat with your other knee.
  • Practice/repeat each exercise five times with each leg.

At Orthopedic Associates, we know that planning for surgery can be overwhelming, but you can make it easier on yourself and on your family by being prepared and knowing what to expect.

Please use the links below to assist you further in preparing for your orthopedic surgery.

Basic Instruction: 0 to 7 Days Prior to My Surgery Preparation Guide: Ambulatory Assistive Devices Preparation Guide: Patient-Proof My Bathroom Preparation Guide: Patient-Proof My Home Preparation Guide: Personal Assistance Preparation Guide: Personal Preparation Preparation Guide: Travel Safety

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