SportsMed Orthopaedic Group, Inc.
SportsMed Orthopaedic Group, Inc.
SportsMed Orthopaedic Group, Inc.
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Guidelines for Outpatient (same day) 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.

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.

Before surgery, you may 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 our staff, please call before surgery.

You should arrange for transportation to and from the hospital or surgery center well in advance. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home from surgery.

If you live alone, you may want to arrange to have someone stay with you for a day or two or spend the first few days with friends or relatives.

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 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. Packing the day before and using this check-list will help to ease your mind.

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