SportsMed Orthopaedic Group, Inc.
SportsMed Orthopaedic Group, Inc.
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Guidelines for Inpatient (overnight stay) Surgery
(Please print this as a checklist)

Exercise regularly as safety permits and eat nutritiously before surgery. This will speed your recovery and help wound healing. A good nutritional state also can help prevent infections.

You may need to see your primary care doctor before surgery for a general checkup and surgical clearance. You may also need to see a cardiologist depending on your medical history. These physicians should review your medications and let you know if any changes are needed. Typically, you should try to be seen two weeks before your scheduled surgery date.

Make a list of all the medications you are taking. Include the doses and how many times per day you take each medication. Also include over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as they may increase bleeding during surgery. If you can, bring your medications with you in a bag to the hospital the day of your surgery.

Stop all anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin ten days before surgery. If you take coumadin or another blood thinner because of heart problems, previous stroke, or other significant medical history, you must discuss when and how to stop these medications with your primary medical doctor.

Stop smoking as soon as possible. Nicotine interferes with bone and tissue healing by decreasing the oxygen delivery to your surgery site. This can delay healing and increase the risks of failure and infection. Your primary care physician can assist you with a program to help you quit smoking.

You must see your dentist before joint replacement surgery to insure that you do not have any infections or need significant dental work done. A tooth or gum infection can lead to infection of your new joint if not treated appropriately.

Before surgery, you will have an appointment at the hospital to complete any necessary paperwork, lab studies, XRAYs, or EKGs. Bring a list of your medications, prior surgeries, and medical problems to this appointment for the staff to review. If you do not have an appointment, please call to see when you will be contacted or when you should be seen.

The risks and benefits of your surgery were discussed with you when you scheduled surgery. Sometimes new questions arise. If you need to speak with any staff, please call before surgery.

Arrange for transportation to the hospital well in advance of your surgery date. Confirm your transportation as the surgery approaches.

You should discuss your plans for recovery with your family in advance of surgery. Some patients will go to a rehabilitation facility until they are safe to go home. Others may have enough support to enable them to return home or to a relative's house directly from the hospital. A social worker will assist you with arrangements when you are in the hospital. For those patients going home, a visiting nurse may be arranged.

If you develop an infection; a cold, flu, or sore throat; a fever; or a new medical problem in the week before your surgery, please call our office immediately. This may necessitate delaying your surgery in order to prevent any undue risks to you.

If you need to cancel or delay your surgery for any reason, please do so at least seven days in advance in order that others can be scheduled in your place.

You should be contacted the week before surgery to let you know what time you need to arrive at the hospital. Plan to arrive at least 90 minutes to two hours before your scheduled surgery time. This will allow you ample time to check in at admissions, change into a gown, and have your intravenous line started. The anesthesiologist will also see you the day of your surgery to discuss options for anesthesia and associated risks.

Remember not to eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. Certain important medications may be taken with a sip of water (check with your physician). Avoid tobacco and alcohol at least 48 hours before your surgery. They can increase your risk from surgery.

The night before surgery, take a long shower or bath, watch a movie, or do something to help you relax. Having your bag packed the day before and using this check-list will ease your mind.

Here is a list of things you may want to bring with you to the hospital:
  • Toiletries
  • Make-up kit
  • List of phone numbers of friends and relatives
  • Knee-length robe (hospital gowns will be provided if you desire)
  • Sturdy slippers with non-slip (rubber) soles
  • Favorite pillow
  • Cassette or CD player with headphones (you may want your friends or relatives to bring this once you are situated)
  • Crutches or walker if you already have your own (the hospital will provide these if necessary)
  • Magazines or books you might want to read
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Do NOT bring valuables such as jewelry, credit cards, or more than $20 cash.
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