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Information on Surgical Procedures

Post-Operative Rehabilitation Protocols

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Surgery Day

  • Arthroscopic surgery is generally done on an outpatient basis. It’s a four to five hour day for you.
  • Arthroplasty (replacement) surgery is a two to three day hospital stay.
  • You will arrive two hours before surgery to meet the staff and complete all the necessary lab work.
  • The anesthesiologist will discuss all the appropriate options related to anesthesia and possible nerve blocks with you.
  • Remember not to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery, as we don’t want anything in your stomach during surgery. Someone must be present to take you home after surgery. We will provide crutches for you if you have a hip or knee surgery and a sling if you have shoulder or elbow surgery. You may bring your own crutches if you have them already.
  • Please wear something comfortable and leave your valuables behind. Shorts are appropriate for knee surgery. For shoulder surgery, easy loose fitting clothes (with buttons or zippers) are comfortable after surgery. We will either provide you with prescriptions prior to or after surgery.
  • If you are taking any medicines that could influence bleeding such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines (Motrin, Ibuprofen), Heparin, Plavix, or Coumadin, please discuss these with us and stop taking them 7-10 days before the surgery. You can call our office with questions at anytime.
  • Generally, I will call you at home to check on you the following day and I will see you for your first post-operative visit back in the office 7-10 days after the surgery.