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Urology Inpatient General Instructions

One working day prior to the date of your surgery, please call the toll free number at (866) 936-8800 between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Leave your name, telephone number and the date of your scheduled surgery on the voicemail system. The recovery room nurse will return your call by the end of the day. You will be given the time to report to the Admitting Office on the first floor of the Main Hospital. If you must cancel your surgery, please call your doctor's office as soon as possible. If it is after 4:30 p.m. the day before your surgery, please call the Operating Room area at (734) 936-8470. If you have any questions, please call your Urologist's office. 

Please follow these instructions before your surgery:

  • Unless you have a cardiac sent, stop taking aspirin, or other aspirin like medications such as Bufferin, Excedrin, Ecotrin and Voltaren, for one week prior to your surgery. Stop taking Plavix for one week proir to surgery. If you are taking Ibuprofen or another NSAID (Motrin or Advil, etc.), stop taking this medication three days prior to your surgery. Take Tylenol if you need pain relief during this time. If you are on Coumadin or another blood thinner, please notify us if we have not discussed this with you already.
  • Do not eat any solid food (including gum, hard candy or mints) after 12 midnight. Do not drink any carbonated beverages (soda pop) or milk products after 12 midnight. You may drink water only and any routine medications up to three hours prior to your surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easily changed. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Bring only necessities to the hospital (i.e., pajamas and toiletries, glasses, hearing aids, dentures). 

Once you have completed the admission process, you will be escorted to the recovery room where you will change your clothing and get ready for surgery. When your surgery is completed, you will be taken to the recovery room for care by the special recovery room nurses and your anesthesiologist. When you are satisfactorily recovered, you will be taken to your room in the University of Michigan Hospital. 

Accompanying family and friends should check in at the Surgery Unit Family Waiting Room on the first floor of the Main Hospital. After the surgery is completed, the surgeon will go to the Family Waiting Room to notify the family the surgery has been completed. 

Due to the wide variety of insurance coverage, the hospital is not familiar with the requirements of every patient's insurance contract. To ensure that you receive maximum coverage for this procedure, please contact your insurance company as soon as possible to confirm their requirements for coverage. 


10/13/10 J. S. Wolf