Surgery

Surgical Services at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital

Hospital operating rooms have become increasingly high tech allowing for increased efficiency, precision, patient comfort and safety. Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital's newest operating room features many advancements. Our highly skilled staff uses advanced equipment to provide you with the excellent medical attention you deserve. Since we are concerned with your physical and emotional well-being, we make every attempt to keep you comfortable and at ease.

Our specialties include:

  • Cancer related procedures
  • Ear, Nose, Throat, Oral Surgery and Sinus Procedures
  • Endoscopy
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Laparoscopic, or, Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

The goal of the Huron Valley-Sinai staff is to make your visit to our facility as pleasant as possible. To help us reach this goal, please read the information below and follow the instructions carefully. It is important that you review this information no later than a day before your surgery.

We are pleased you have selected Huron Valley-Sinai as your hospital. If we can answer any questions or be of assistance in any way, do not hesitate to call us at (248) 937-3394.

What you should know

You should call (248) 937-3482 the evening before your surgery between 2:00-5:00 p.m. to verify your arrival time. If your surgery is on Monday, you should call on Friday evening. If your surgery is the day after a holiday, call the last working day prior to the holiday. Once your physician has scheduled you for surgery, a registered nurse will call to review your medical history.

The phone interview will assess whether you need pre-admission testing before your surgery and also provides us with the information we need to administer a safe anesthesia for you.

We will need a list of medications you are currently taking, their doses, any health concerns you have and any other information you feel we should know.

The anesthesiologist will review this information and you will be contacted if any tests are needed before your surgery.

Please read the following instructions in the given order to help us make your visit to our facility as pleasant as possible :

Preparing for Surgery

You will receive a call from Pre-admission Testing department regarding your surgery. The nurse will ask you questions about your past medical history, medications you are currently taking, and give you important information for your upcoming surgery.

It would be extremely helpful if you would complete the online questionnaire. If you have not done so please click here. You will need to click on “First Time User” which will ask you to create a user name and password (please save your user name and password). This form will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you are unable to complete information online, a nurse will be contacting you by phone to obtain your health information. If a nurse from the hospital has taken your medical history by phone, there will be no need to complete the online form.

Any questions regarding your online health history please call (248) 937-3394. Our office hours are 8:00 a. m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or leave a message anytime.

  • It is extremely important that you make arrangements for a responsible adult to accompany you to the hospital and stay in the hospital during your out-patient surgery. Also plan to have to have a responsible adult stay overnight with you the day of surgery. If this is not possible, your surgery date maybe changed or cancelled. This is for your safety.
  • If you become ill, fever 101, productive cough, cold symptoms, rash or any significant changes in your health, please notify your phsycain.
  • Follow the instructions given to you by your surgeons’ office, if you have questions please call their office for clarification.
  • It is a general recommendation to stop ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and Naproxen, 7 days prior to your surgery. These drugs increase bleeding. If your surgeon has given you alternate instruction….please follow your surgeons advice.
  • If you take blood thinning drugs (aspirin, Coumadin, Pletal, Plavix, or similar drugs) please talk with the ordering physician and surgeon regarding the treatment plan specific for you. Many patients cannot just stop these drugs; please do not stop without your doctor’s advice!
  • No Herbal medication or vitamins for two weeks prior to surgery.
  • No Marijuana use for 4 days prior to surgery.

Children

  • Huron Valley Sinai Hospital offers a Pediatric Tour of the Pre-op Unit M-F. A nurse will phone you to obtain your child’s medical history. If you are interested in the tour please let the nurse know. Another nurse will phone you usually within 1 or 2 business days to make arrangements. This visit will allow your child to see the facility, ask questions, and help lessen anxiety the day of surgery.
  • Appropriate ages for the tour are 4-12 years of age.
  • If your child is having surgery please feel free to bring a clean stuffed animal, blanket or favorite toy. Familiar items will be comforting to your child.  If you have a very young child, please bring extra pair of underpants or diaper, also bring a bottle or sippy cup if appropriate.
  • Parents are encouraged to have a light meal in the am, and wear layered clothing; this will prevent you from experiencing hypoglycemia and overheating the day of surgery. It can very stressful for parents when their children go through the surgical process. Please let us know how we may help you and your child.

 

The Day before surgery

  • You will be given this telephone number to call the business day before your surgery. This is to confirm your arrival time to the hospital. If we don’t receive a call from you by 4:30 pm the day prior, someone from the hospital will call you with the arrival time. Please Call (248) 937-3482 between 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. the business day before surgery.
  • No smoking the day before and day of surgery. Smoking inhibits your body’s ability to heal.
  • NO Alcoholic beverages for 48 hours before your surgery. Alcohol causes you to bleed longer and delays your healing time.
  • If you have been instructed to use a special soap prior to surgery, please follow the directions given.
  • It is suggested that you have a light dinner the evening before your surgery.
  • You are not to have anything to eat or drink after midnight prior to surgery. This includes water, chewing gum, and/or hard candy. If your nurse has given special instructions for medications, please follow them as directed.

The Day of Surgery

  • You may shower and brush your teeth. Do not use deodorant, perfume, cologne, after shave, creams or lotions the day of surgery. These items hold bacteria and increase the risk of infection.
  • Do not wear makeup or mascara.
  • Please take any medication your nurse has instructed you to take with a very small sip of water.
  • Please remove all jewelry and body piercing prior to your arrival to the hospital. This includes wedding rings.
  • Do not wear contact lenses day of surgery, bring glasses with a case which will prevent damage.
  • Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable, and appropriate for your surgery type.
  • Do not bring anything valuable to the hospital except yourself and your family!
  • Ladies do not bring your purse and men do not bring your wallet!
  • If you have Advance Directives, Power of Attorney or Guardianship papers….please bring them with you.
  • It is important to bring some type of Photo ID (driver’s license, state ID or passport) and your insurance card, or appropriate information for billing.
  • The hospital pharmacy now offers you the option of “First Fill”. Upon arrival our staff will ask you if you would be interested in having your prescriptions filled while you are in surgery. If you would like to participate in the “First Fill” your request will be initiated by hospital personnel, and the medication will be available for you at the time of discharge. Prescriptions may be purchased by an adult (18 years or older) with proof of age. If you plan to utilize First Fill, please remember co-pay may be needed for your prescription.
  • Outpatient patients are to report to the South Garden Entrance. If you are going to be staying overnight and arriving to the hospital after 6 a.m., please go to the North Orchard Entrance. This is for the convenience of your family when they leave the hospital.

After the Procedure

Following your surgery, you will go to the recovery room where you will be closely observed by registered nurses until you are able to sit up and take fluids.

You will then be transferred to your room or a second phase recovery area where you may relax in a recliner (lounge chair) until discharge. Light refreshments will be available for you at this time. Family or companions will wait for you in the surgical waiting room while you are in surgery. They can join you in the Phase II Recovery, at which time nurses will review your discharge instructions with you and your escort before you go home. To respect the privacy and space of others during recovery, there is a limit of one visitor at a time.

Returning Home after Outpatient Surgery

After you have been discharged from Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, you should plan to spend time relaxing and resting in the comfort of your home. There are certain steps to follow to promote a smooth and speedy recovery.

For the first 24 hours following your surgery, do not drive, use any power tools or drink any alcoholic beverages. Resume your normal diet as tolerated unless otherwise instructed. If you are experiencing excessive pain, bleeding, estimated to have a temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit orally, developing a large bruise or if it is continually growing larger, please call your physician immediately.

The responsible adult who will escort you home must be available when you are ready to be discharged. You must have a responsible adult stay overnight with you at your home on the day of the surgery.

For any concerns, questions or in case of an emergency, call your doctor or return to the Emergency department.
The day after your surgery, a Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital registered nurse will contact you to evaluate your progress. At that time you may feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Reminders

  • You must arrange for a responsible adult to bring you to Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital stay during surgery and drive you home.
  • You will not be able to drive or return to work the day of surgery.
  • Call (248) 937-3482 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. the day before your surgery to confirm your surgery time.
  • Return any evaluation forms to us.

Tips for Preventing Surgical Site Infection

Millions of people have surgery each year. Every surgery has risks, but we know there are some that can be prevented. One way you can help to lower your risk for problems is to talk with a member of your surgical care team before the surgery about the care you should receive.  Your team includes your surgeon, anesthesiologist and your nurses.

What is a surgical site infection?

  • A surgical site infection is an infection that can happen after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery was.
  • Most patients do not get an infection.
  • Common symptoms of an infection are redness, increased pain, drainage from the wound and fever.

What can I do to prevent a surgical site infection?

  • Tell your doctor about any medical problems you may have.
  • If you can, quit smoking to lower the risk of infection.
  • Do not shave near where you will have surgery because shaving can irritate your skin. If your procedure requires hair removal it will be done with a clipper immediately prior to surgery.
  • Based on established  criteria your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics prior to surgery

After your surgery:

  • Heathcare workers will wash their hands when caring for you. If you do not see them wash their hands, please ask them to do so.
  • Family and friends who visit you should not touch the surgical wound or dressing.
  • Visitors should wash their hands or use the alcohol based hand rub in your room when they come in your room and when they leave.

What do I need to do when I go home from the hospital?

  • Before you go home, your doctor or nurse should explain everything you need to know about how to take care of your wound.
  • Make sure you understand how to care for your wound before you leave the hospital.
  • Always wash your hands before and after caring for your wound.
  • Before you go home, make sure you know who to contact if you have questions or problems after you get home.
  • If you have any symptoms of an infection, call your doctor immediately.
  • If you have additional questions, please ask your doctor or nurse.