I'm Scheduled for Surgery
First, all patients need medical clearance (called a PRE-OP HISTORY and PHYSICAL) to proceed with the surgery from their primary care physician. Your primary care doctor will order/review:
- Special instructions for medications
- EKG readings
- Chest x-rays
- lab results
- Any other specific results of tests that have been ordered by your doctor(s) in order to get you ready for the surgery
- ...and possibly more depending on your unique medical history.
In addition, if you are seeing a medical sub-specialist such as a cardiologist or pulmonologist, you will also need medical clearance from that doctor.
Getting the Surgery Authorized by Your Insurance
Depending on your insurance, some patients may need to get authorization from their insurance carrier before surgery. Most of the time, authorization is done by MOC or by the hospital that the surgery is being performed. It is also suggested that the patient contact their insurance company and notify them of the surgery.
No Smoking Before and After Surgery
It is best if you stop smoking or chewing tobacco before your surgery. The sooner you stop the more beneficial it will be. Tobacco and nicotine adversely interfere with skin and bone healing as well as interferes with lung function.
No drinking before surgery
Don't drink any alcohol for at least 48 hours before surgery.
Scheduling Other Tests
You may have to also schedule other tests such as dental check ,urologic test , or colonoscopy.
Preparing for Your Specific Surgery
Pre-Op instructions are given to every patient either by the surgeon or medical assistant. Be sure to review these instructions very carefully and to contact us if you have any questions. The phone number is included on the Pre-Op instructions.
Preparing For JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY
The surgery scheduling office from the hospital will contact you the DAY BEFORE your surgery to let you know what time and where you need to go for your surgery.
If you are having hip or knee replacement surgery, doing exercises to strengthen your upper and lower body will help you cope with crutches or a walker after surgery. Isometric exercises can help maintain the strength of your leg muscles. If you familiarize yourself with these postoperative exercises and practice them now, they will be easier to perform after the surgery.
Hip Exercise Book
After Surgery (see recovering from surgery)
We see all patients 14-21 days after surgery, and then generally at 6 weeks to 3 months thereafter. Of course, if you have questions or concerns we would be happy to see you sooner. If you have questions, you can always contact our office and minor issues can be addressed over the phone.