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For surgeries, please call: 571-425-5390

How to Schedule Your Surgery

At Next Journey Orthopaedics, we know surgery can feel scary. We are here to help and make things easy for you. Our focus is always on you and your needs.

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.

Set Up Your Surgery

After you decide on surgery, we will schedule it at one of our locations:

  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
    Address: 3600 Joseph Siewick Dr,, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22033

  • Phone: (703) 391-3500
    Visit Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Website
    All surgeries here will require anesthesiologist.

  • Surgical Center of the Potomac
    Address: 6500 Rockledge Dr, Suite 100, Bethesda, MD 20817
    Phone: (240) 483-0282
    Visit Surgical Center of the Potomac Website
    You can choose Local Anesthesia Only/Wideawake Anesthesia for surgeries here.

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

  • Day: Please keep your day flexible. Sometimes due to last minute cancellations, your case start time could be changed even on the day of arrival.

  • Arrival: Arrive at the surgical center or hospital 1-2 hours before your surgical time 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.

  • 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.

  • Help After Surgery: Please ask a friend or family member to drive you home after surgery. You won't be able to drive because of the anesthesia.

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. We are here to make sure everything goes smoothly for you. If you have any questions, please call us. We are happy to help.


Next Journey Orthopaedics

  • Phone: (571) 425-5390

Thank you for choosing us. Your health and comfort are our top priorities.

Inova Fair Oaks Preparing for Your Procedure Instructions - Please click read more if your surgery is at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

SurgCenter of the Potomac Day of Instructions - Please click read more if your surgery is at SurgCenter of the Potomac

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