Prior to surgery there are somethings that you should plan for, so that your recovery can go smoothly.
Prior to surgery:
- Smoking – now is the time to quit smoking. Avoid any type of product containing nicotine.
- Limit your alcohol intact, you should avoid alcohol for 1-2 weeks prior to surgery.
- Establish a primary care doctor for any nonsurgical concerns.
- Have blood pressure and diabetes under control.
- Make a complete list of all medications and allergies.
Getting ready for surgery:
- Have transportation to and from your surgery arranged. You should have someone stay with you for the 1st 24 hours after surgery.
- Make sure the surgical site is free from any scratches, scraps, or bug bites.
- Discuss any concerns, anticipated outcome or questions with Dr. Talkington or staff.
- Make arrangements to be off work for the discussed time. You need to understand the limitations of your activities after surgery, restrictions on driving, crutches, elevation ect.
- Your rehabilitation program needs to be clearly understood and you should have appointments scheduled.
- Pick up any post op prescriptions before you have surgery.
- Ice and elevation are important after surgery. Remembering elevation is above the level of your heart.
- Know your limitations and remember that you just had surgery
- You should leave the surgery center with a follow up appointment to see Dr. Talkington the first of the week following your surgery.
- If therapy was discussed you will also have a prescription and appointment for therapy. It is extremely important that you attend your therapy. It will have a vital rule in the outcome of your surgery.