Properly preparing for orthopedic surgery will help improve your outcome. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Below is a list of common recommendations.
- If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery
- Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up
- Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry
- Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won’t have to reach and bend as often
- Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls in your home
- Schedule your initial post operative physical therapy visits.
- Do not consume food or liquids after midnight on the evening prior to your surgery date due to complications associated with anesthesia. This includes mints and chewing gum. Additionally, we recommend that you do not smoke, chew tobacco or consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
- Stop taking all herbal remedies, aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, etc.) seven days prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed. However, it is acceptable to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) if medication is needed for pain. Please contact
- Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr. Faucett and your family physician for detailed instructions on taking these medications prior to surgery. Examples include blood pressure, heart conditions, acid reflux and/or seizure medications.
- Have someone available to take you home. You will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours following the procedure.
- Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home. The combination of anesthesia, food and car motion may cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before attempting to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
- Take your pain medication as directed. Begin pain medication as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain.