After you schedule a date for your surgery, we will contact you to discuss the next steps. Have a list of all medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, vitamins, and anything over the counter. Certain medications need to be stopped 7-10 days before surgery, and we will review this list with you.
We’ll talk to you about getting preoperative clearance for surgery from your primary care doctor. This involves a medical history and physical exam, lab work, and an EKG. It has to be done within 14 days of surgery, so we’ll make sure you know after which date it can take place. We can also send all of the orders for the preop exam over to your doctor for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
If you don’t have a primary care doctor or can’t get an appointment with yours within the right window of time, let us know. We can refer you to another doctor or help you get an appointment. Keep in mind, if you have certain medical conditions, you may need additional clearances from your specialist. For example, if you have heart disease, you may need surgical clearance from your cardiologist. We’ll let you know if that is necessary.
We’ll also review the details of your procedure and discuss what to expect in terms of recovery. We’ll talk about your activity restrictions after surgery so you can prepare for time off work or extra help at home if needed. We will also identify anything else you need to have on hand before your surgery. This will include a special antibacterial wash called Hibiclens that you’ll use the night before surgery, any postoperative medications, and any medical equipment or assistive devices that you may need.