Before Your Orthopaedic Procedure
You’ve made the decision to get help for bone, joint, or muscle pain. Now you’re discussing an orthopaedic procedure with your doctor. Give yourself the greatest chance for success by investing in preparation, including attending a free Pre-Op University session with our orthopaedic health team.
What should you ask your doctor before your orthopaedic procedure?
- What are the benefits and risks of this procedure?
- What are the possible complications and how likely are they to occur?
- Are tests or other medical evaluations needed first? How, when, and where do you get them?
- What should you expect after treatment? What will be your recovery time?
- Do you need to bring someone with you to the procedure?
- Are there any dietary restrictions before or after?
Make sure your orthopaedic team is aware of any medical conditions, including:
- Opioid or narcotic drug use
- Varicose veins, leg swelling, and blood clots
- High-blood pressure or hypertension
Reduce the risk of complications by being in the best possible health before your procedure.
- Stop smoking at least a month before your procedure
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat healthy, nutritious foods
- Get fit
- Manage sleep apnea
- Seek depression help
- Avoid shaving skin around the area where surgery will occur