To schedule surgery:
- Pick a date. Jackie will tell you which dates are available.
- Complete the surgery center paperwork and online registration.
- 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.
- If you are over 50 years old, or have medical issues like diabetes or heart disease, and will be having general anesthesia:
- See your primary-care physician for preoperative medical clearance (EKG if needed, etc…) to ensure a safe outcome.
- You may need to see your cardiologist or other specialist before surgery.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- If you’re having surgery on your knee, ankle or foot, practice using your crutches or walker, especially on stairs.
- Please write down any notes or questions, and bring them to your pre-operative visit for us to talk about.
- 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:
- Seated work with limited use of injured part.
- No repetitive use or No overhead work.
- Limited lifting/carrying.
- Limited standing/walking.
- No climbing/squatting.
- Use preferred parking.
- Limit working hours and/or reduce duties, or take time off.
- Only drive when you can safely manage wheel and pedals.
- Use elevators.
- No contact sports
- Put gym membership on hold
Get Moving Toward Recovery.
Start with a Consultation and Care Plan.