Preparing for surgery/ Procedure
Preparing for surgery
Once you and your Doctor decide that surgery will help you, you'll 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.
Working with Your Doctor
"Before major hip or knee surgery you are likely to be referred to a physician at the hospital where you'll
undergo routine tests, such as blood tests and x-rays together
with a physical examination, and
at that time you'll be provided with more detailed information regarding your in-patient stay, and your
joint replacement generally."
Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr. Robin and the physician to see
which ones you
should stop taking before surgery.
If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery will help decrease the stress you
place on your new joint. However, you should not diet during the month before your surgery.
If you are taking aspirin, warfarin or anti-inflammatory medications, you will need to stop taking them one week before
surgery to minimise bleeding. If you are taking Clopidogrel ("Iscover", or "Plavix"),
you will need to stop this 10-14 days prior to surgery, and should confirm this
with your cardiologist and Dr Robin, as a substitute drug (such as "Clexane")
may be required instead of either Warfarin or Clopidogrel (on the days when you
stop these before surgery).
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later.
Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron.
Report any infections especially in the leg, foot or groin to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.
Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry.
Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won't have to reach and bend as often.
Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls.
Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.
Preparing for procedure
If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:
Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours after an anaesthetic.
Do Not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home.
The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting.
After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid
greasy food for the first 24 hours.
If you had surgery on an extremity (leg, knee, hand or elbow), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as
directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain.
Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before
you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.
If you need to find out more, please do not hesitate to call us on 9038 1622 during office hours or 9038
1300 after hours.