Woman-Runner-Ankle-PainThe road to a healthy recovery starts with being properly prepared for your surgery. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to remember for both before and after your surgery.

Pre-surgical Information

  • Our office nurse will review pre-surgical instructions and provide information regarding where and when your surgery will be, inform you of pre-operative tests required, review your current medications, and schedule an educational class.
  • Pre-surgery educational classes are held at the hospital.  Our doctors want you to attend the class prior to better prepare you for your surgery.
  • All joint replacement patients must see their dentist prior to surgery.  Our office nurse will explain the importance in detail with you.
  • You will be required to have pre-surgical lab testing, an EKG, and possibly a chest x-ray along with a note from your doctor clearing you for surgery.
  • Please ensure our office nurse has a complete list of all medications you take including prescriptions, over the counter medications, herbal supplements and vitamins.  Any changes should be reported to our office nurse.
  • Remember our office nurses are here to help you!  Please feel free to call during office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with any questions.

Pre-Surgical Information (Out Patient)

  • Our office nurse will review pre-surgical instructions and provide information regarding when and where your surgery will be, and inform you if any pre-operative tests are required.
  • Please ensure our office nurse has a complete list of all medications you take including prescriptions, over the counter medications, herbal supplements and vitamins.  Any changes should be reported to our office nurse.
  • You must make arrangements for a driver to take you home after surgery.  You will not be permitted to drive the same day as surgery.
  • You will need to have someone stay with you at home after surgery and possibly for a few days following your surgery.  Please make those arrangements in advance.
  • Remember, our office nurses are here to serve you!  Any questions prior to surgery should be directed to our office nurses during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Post-Surgical Information

  • Please phone our office for a follow up appointment after your surgery.
  • Our office nurse will phone you with post surgery instructions and to answer any questions you may have.
  • Please phone our office immediately if you have a temperature of 101 degrees or greater, drainage that looks infected, or calf pain.
  • Any shortness of breath and/or chest pain, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911.
  • Any other concerns should be directed to our office.  During business hours, our office nurse will return you phone call.  After hours, our doctor on call will return your call.
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