Preparation prior to your surgery is vital in the success of your entire experience.
You’ll need to obtain a surgical clearance from all physicians who are involved in your care. Our office has a specialized clearance form that we will fax to their offices upon scheduling surgery. You will also be given a copy of the form. It is important that you contact your doctors to verify if you will need to be seen in their office prior to your doctor signing your clearance for surgery, or if your doctor is comfortable signing off without seeing you for an appointment.
You will also need to complete lab work (within 30 days prior to your surgery date) and have a current EKG (within the last 6 months) and chest x-ray (within the last year). Our office will facilitate these orders for you. It is important that these are all completed at the hospital your surgery is scheduled at.
There are some medications that you will be instructed to stop prior to your surgery. It is vital that we are aware of ALL prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. If you fail to stop the medications, SURGERY WILL BE CANCELLED. Common medications that are necessary to stop prior to your surgery are NSAIDs, blood thinners, and most herbal supplements. You will be given a list of which medications to stop and when at your surgery scheduling appointment in our office. You will be advised of which medications are safe to take the morning of surgery, as there are some that are not compatible with Anesthesia, and therefore, held the morning of surgery.
Your surgeon would like to see you in clinic for a pre-operative appointment the clinic day prior to surgery. At this appointment, any last-minute questions can be answered, your surgeon will mark the operative area in preparation for surgery, you will be fit for the shoulder immobilizer and you will get confirmed surgery times. All these appointments are conducted before the noon-hour to ensure everything is ready for surgery the following day. You will be given your pre-operative appointment date and time at your surgery scheduling appointment in our office.
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