Preparation for your surgery begins weeks and sometimes months before the
surgery date. Here are just a few events and considerations you may experience:
- Initial Surgical Consultation. Preoperative X-rays,
a complete medical history, a complete surgical history, and a complete
list of all medications (i.e., prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin
supplements) and allergies will be reviewed.
- Complete Physical Examination. Your surgeon will
perform a physical examination and determine if your internist or family
physician should assist with optimization of medical conditions prior
to the surgery. This will ensure that you are in the best physical condition
possible on surgery day.
- Physical Therapy. In some cases, instruction in an
exercise program to begin prior to surgery, as well as an overview of
the rehabilitation process after surgery, will better prepare you for
- Preparation for Surgery. You may want to wear loose-fitting
clothes or sweat pants, and also bring crutches. You should bring your
insurance information and a list of all your medications and dosages
as well as drug allergies. You will need to arrange for someone to drive
- Evening Before Surgery. Do not eat or drink after
midnight. Your surgeon or anesthesia provider may recommend that you
take some of your routine prescription medications with a sip of water.