If you and your doctor at North East Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Tupelo, MS have agreed that orthopaedic surgery is needed to best treat your condition, it’s important to prepare yourself mentally and physically to ensure the best outcome possible.
Before your surgery, your doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam to check for any health conditions that could impact the surgery. He will perform routine tests, including blood tests and X-rays, usually about a week before your surgery is scheduled.
How to Prepare for Surgery
It’s important to do the following before your surgery happens:
- Talk to your doctor about medications you are taking and if any should be stopped prior to your surgery.
- Talk to your doctor about preparing for potential blood replacement. Options include donating your own blood, medical interventions, and other treatments.
- If you are overweight, you may want to consider losing weight before your surgery to help decrease the stress on your new joint. That said, going on a diet within a month of your surgery is not recommended.
- Any medications that may increase your risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, warfarin, or anti-inflammatory medications, must be stopped within a week prior to surgery.
- Smokers should consider stopping or reducing their habit to lessen their surgery risks.
- If you have any tooth, gum, bladder, or bowel problems, get them treated before you have surgery.
- Maintain a healthy diet prior to your surgery.
- If you’re experiencing any infections, let your surgeon know, as he cannot perform surgery until your infections have cleared.
- Schedule a friend or family member to help you with routine tasks like cooking, shopping, and laundry following your surgery.
- If there are household items you know you’ll need following your surgery, place them where they’re easy to reach so you won’t have to exert yourself too much post-surgery.
- To prevent falling after surgery, remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords.
- Ensure you have somewhere comfortable to rest after your surgery, ideally a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, back, and two arms.
If you have any questions before your surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at North East Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine by calling (662) 377-6700 during office hours. We’ll be happy to help.