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Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for surgery is a crucial step to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. At Next Journey Orthopaedics, we guide you through each step of the preparation process to make sure you are well-informed and comfortable. Here’s what you need to know:

Pre-Surgery Consultation

  • Initial Evaluation: During your initial consultation, your orthopedic surgeon will assess your condition, discuss the surgical procedure, and answer any questions you may have.

  • Medical History and Tests: You may need to undergo certain medical tests, such as blood work, EKG, or imaging studies, to ensure you are in good health for surgery.

Pre-Operative Instructions

  • Diet and Medication: Your surgeon will provide specific instructions regarding your diet and medications. You may be asked to stop certain medications and to fast for a specific period before the surgery.

  • Stop eating or drinking 8 hours before your surgical time.

  • Health and Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle leading up to your surgery. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption. Engage in light exercise if approved by your doctor to keep your body in good shape.

Day Before Surgery

  • Checklist: Prepare a checklist of items to bring to the hospital, including identification, insurance information, and any necessary medical documents.

  • Personal Arrangements: Arrange for transportation to and from the surgical center. Make sure you have someone to assist you at home during the initial recovery period.

Day of Surgery

  • Arrival: Arrive at the surgical center at the specified time. Wear comfortable clothing and leave valuables at home.

  • Pre-Op Preparation: You will be prepped for surgery by the medical staff. This may include changing into a surgical gown, having an IV line placed, and meeting with the anesthesiologist.

  • Relaxation Techniques: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or visualization to stay calm before the procedure.

What to Expect

  • Surgical Procedure: Your surgeon will perform the procedure as planned, with the support of a skilled medical team. You will be monitored closely throughout the surgery.

  • Post-Surgery Recovery: After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where your vital signs will be monitored. Your surgeon will discuss the outcome of the surgery and provide initial post-operative care instructions.

Post-Operative Care

  • Follow-Up Appointments: Schedule and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and recovery.

  • Rehabilitation: Follow the prescribed rehabilitation and physical therapy programs to regain strength and mobility.

  • Physical or Occupational therapy: Therapy may need to be schedule within a week of surgery for the following cases: flexor tendon repair, tenolysis, contracture release.

Preparing for surgery can be a daunting experience, but with careful planning and support from our dedicated team at Next Journey Orthopaedics, you can approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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