Preparing for Surgery
Once you and your doctor decide that surgery will help you, you will need to learn what to expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best results afterward. Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems. Preparation for elective surgery begins a month in advance.
In most cases you will have a pre-surgical visit within 2 weeks prior to surgery. The purpose of this visit is as follows:-Make sure you completely understand the procedure-Perform a physical examination-Re-review your medication list-Provide your after-surgery prescriptions up front so you can pick them up in advance-Get you fit for a sling or brace-Have a preoperative physical therapy visit if needed
Our care doesn’t stop with surgery! After surgery we will be there for you throughout the recovery. Our process for ensuring you are informed is as follows:
-We will talk to your family immediately after the procedure
-You will receive a customized rehabilitation plan after surgery
-If you are having an arthroscopic procedure, we will email your surgical pictures immediately following surgery
-The night of the procedure we will call you to go over the procedure
-Follow-up visits in the office, or via telehealth, will occur at regular intervals until you are fully recovered.
Typical visits are at 2 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after surgery for arthroscopic procedures. For replacements we see you every year as well indefinitely.