Pre-Surgery Checklist

20 to 30 days Prior to Surgery

  • Complete all blood work (labs) so the physician at Casscells Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine can review them with the patient at the patient’s history and physical appointment which will be scheduled for 8 to 14 days prior to surgery. Note: The blood work needs to be done no earlier then 30 days prior to the surgery to insure it is current.
  • Medical clearence by the patients primary care physician will be needed. Clearence from cardiologist may be needed based on medical history. It should be obtained prior to the patient history and physical appointment at Casscells Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
  • Insure the patient has “History and physical” appointment scheduled at Casscells Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for 8 to 14 days before surgery.
  • Patients should stop taking aspirin and straight Vitamin E 10 days prior to surgery.

8 to 14 days Prior to Surgery

  • The history and physical will occur at Casscells Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
  • Bring all of patient’s medicine in their original containers or a complete list of all medications (including dosage amounts) to patient’s history and physical appointment.
  • The physician will instruct the patient on the specific medications the patient is taking and how to take them as the patient prepares for surgery. This is why it is very important for the doctor to have accurate information about both prescription and non prescription drugs the patient take
  • Patients whose insurance requires authorization for surgery must obtain that authorization two weeks prior to their surgery date. Patients may be asked to help the staff at Casscells Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine obtain authorization from their insurance company

4 to 7 days Prior to Surgery

  • Patients should stop taking medications that increase bleeding (such as: Motrin, Advil, Naproxen or any other anti-inflammatory medications) four days before their surgery date. In some cases the physician will ask that the patient stops taking these medications sooner.
  • Patients should prepare their home so they can come into an obstacle free house with open walkways free from throw rugs, runners or foot stools.
  • Patients should arrange to have someone take care of their loved ones and pets.
  • Obtain the prescriptions required for after surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • The patient may not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before surgery.
  • If the patient is instructed to take any medications by mouth the day of surgery they may take these with a sip of water.
  • If the patient is scheduled to stay over night at the hospital they should bring personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razor, etc). As well as a pair of shorts and a comfortable top to wear with sneakers or flat shoes.
  • For safety and security do not bring any valuables (rings, wallet, watch, phones or purses) to the surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to the surgery center.

In emergency situations, some of the guidelines above will not work and the patient will receive special instruction