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Surgical patients

General information useful to those patients scheduled for surgery.

Locations:

Please see our locations page for directions and contact information.

Review and update your medication list:

Make sure you review and update your medications list prior to your surgery.  You will be receiving antibiotics and narcotics at the time of your surgery.  Some medications, like oral birth control pills, become inactive with these medications.  Please be sure to discuss with your physician.

Review and update your allergy list:

Make sure you review and update your allergy list prior to your surgery. Be sure to let your physician know if you are latex allergic. We recommend that you put all your allergies on the same list as your medications and carry it with you to your surgical visit.

Obtain your medical clearance as soon as possible:

Most surgeries will require a written medical clearance from your doctor. Once your surgery date is set, make appointments with the appropriate physicians to obtain your medical clearance right away.  If you have a specialist, like a cardiologist or rheumatologist who manages more complex diseases, you may need to see both your primary and your specialist.  Often times, lab work, a chest xray and an EKG are required. If your medical clearance is not obtained in time, your surgery could be delayed.  Please be sure to provide paper copies to your surgeon prior to your procedure.

Prepare the following items and bring them with you to the hospital:

  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • X-Rays and MRIs
  • List of medications

Verify insurance:

It’s a good idea to contact your insurance provider 2-3 business days prior to your procedure to verify that all pre-authorizations are in place.

What to bring/not bring:

Comfortable clothing that is easily removed is best. For upper extremity procedures, a large button – down or zippered top are easiest to use after surgery.  For lower extremity procedures, loose shorts, skirts or pants with an elastic waist are easiest to put on after surgery.  If crutches will be needed after surgery, try to bring your own if you have them.  Also, make sure to wear a solid shoe that laces or a sandal that straps in the front and back.  Do not wear flip flops if you will need to use crutches after surgery.

Please leave all jewelry at home, including earrings, wedding rings and body jewelry.  This will all need to be removed prior to surgery regardless.  Please remove any nail polish on the hand or foot of the limb being operated.

Get a good night’s sleep and just relax!

The night before surgery, get a good night’s sleep and just relax. Our surgeons are some of the top doctors in their field and have successfully treated thousands of patients. You are in good hands!

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