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Dr. Siegrist operates on most Wednesdays and Fridays at Westfall Surgery Center and Rochester Ambulatory Surgery Center.

To schedule surgery:

  1. Pick a date. Jackie will tell you which dates are available.
  2. Complete the surgery center paperwork and online registration.
  3. Patients with BMI (body-mass index) >50, or >45 with untreated sleep apnea or other chronic illnesses, cannot have surgery in an out-patient surgery center, per ASC guidelines.  We will talk about your alternatives.
  4. If you are over 50 years old, or have medical issues like diabetes or heart disease, and will be having general anesthesia:
    1. See your primary-care physician for preoperative medical clearance (EKG if needed, etc…) to ensure a safe outcome.
    2. You may need to see your cardiologist or other specialist before surgery.
    3. If you take Coumadin, Plavix or other blood-thinner, we’ll contact your doctor who prescribes it. Usually, patients stop taking their blood thinner 5 days before surgery, and re-start the day after.
    4. Stop taking anti-inflammatory medicines (Motrin, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Aspirin…) and supplements like glucosamine 7 days before surgery to prevent excess bleeding (you’ll restart them after the operation.)
  5. If you’re having minor surgery with local anesthesia, you don’t need special clearance or an EKG if your health conditions are stable.  You do not need to stop anti-inflammatories or blood thinners.
  6. If you’re having surgery on your knee, ankle or foot, practice using your crutches or walker, especially on stairs.
  7. Please write down any notes or questions, and bring them to your pre-operative visit for us to talk about.
  8. Healing takes time. Gradually increase activity as you heal; use your symptoms as a guide. Talk to your employer and family about the help you’ll need:
    1. Seated work with limited use of injured part.
    2. No repetitive use or No overhead work.
    3. Limited lifting/carrying.
    4. Limited standing/walking.
    5. No climbing/squatting.
    6. Use preferred parking.
    7. Limit working hours and/or reduce duties, or take time off.
    8. Only drive when you can safely manage wheel and pedals.
    9. Use elevators.
    10. No contact sports
    11. Put gym membership on hold

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