Becoming a Surgical Patient

Whether you come to us through a referral from a primary physician, a medical emergency, or due to your own research, choosing Michigan for your surgery means you will gain access to the extensive services and resources of the University of Michigan Health System.

Do I Need a Referral?

In most cases, patients do need a referral from their primary physician to schedule an appointment. However, the path to becoming a Michigan surgical patient often depends on your specific condition, or on the type of treatment you need.

If you are seeking a second opinion, treatment options, or cosmetic services, please visit our Make a Surgery Appointment page for surgical service contact information. Contact us if you are unsure about whether or not you will need a referral.

Our highly trained physicians, nurses, dietitians and other caregivers work as a team to provide the expertise and resources required to make your surgery and recovery as successful and comfortable as possible. If your treatment plan includes post-surgical recovery support, your care team will help you transfer smoothly to the on-going care that will get you back on your feet.

Our patients not only receive the highest level of surgical care, they also gain access to the extensive support services and resources of the University of Michigan Health System, including:

Take the Next Step

To see a list of clinics and surgical services, visit our Make a Surgical Appointment page.