Location

1675 E. Melrose St.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Contact

480.964.2908

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery

Medical School

University of Utah

Fellowship Training

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic

Hospital Affiliations

Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital
Banner Baywood Medical Center
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Banner Gateway Medical Center
Gateway Surgery Center
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Arizona General Hospital–Mesa

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Pre-Operative Education: Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

Once you and your Doctor decide that surgery will help you, you will 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 surgery, your doctor will perform a complete physical examination to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the outcomes. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before any major surgery.

  • Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery
  • Discuss with your doctor about options for preparing for potential blood replacement, includes donating your own blood, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to 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 or anti-inflammatory medications or warfarin or any drugs that increase the risk of bleeding you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding
  • 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 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
  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home
  • The combination of anesthesia, 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 in controlling the pain.

The risk of surgical site infections may be lowered by reducing the number of bacteria on the skin prior to surgery. The most effective way to do this is to wash with an antimicrobial solution. You may have received a prescription for a 4 ounce bottle of Hibiclens (Chlorhexidine gluconate or CHG) antimicrobial solution. (The solution is also available over-the-counter in the First Aid section of the pharmacy.) The steps below outline the application process and should be carefully followed. This soap must be used THREE DAYS prior to your surgery.

Important points to know before starting:

  • DO NOT shave any area of the body for at least 2 days before surgery.
  • Avoid contact with eyes, ears, mouth and genital area.
  • DO NOT apply lotions, moisturizers, or makeup after washing with Hibiclens.
  • Dress in clean clothes or sleepwear after showering with Hibiclens.
  • The directions below are to be done two days before surgery, the day before surgery and the morning of surgery for a total of THREE showers.

Directions:

  1. Wash your hair using normal shampoo, and your face with your regular soap or cleanser.
  2. Using a fresh, clean washcloth and 1/3 of the Hibiclens Soap, wash from your neck down. Pay special attention to the shoulder, knee or hip we will be doing surgery on.
  3. Rinse your body thoroughly. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
  4. Using a fresh, clean towel to dry your body.

If you have any signs or symptoms of skin reaction, such as redness or itching, rinse the area thoroughly and discontinue use.

If you have any questions or concerns about the above procedure please do not hesitate to contact our office at: (480) 964-2908.

The risk of surgical site infections may be lowered by reducing the number of bacteria on the skin prior to surgery. The most effective way to do this is to wash with an antimicrobial solution. You should have received a prescription for a 4 ounce bottle of Hibiclens (Chlorhexidinegluconate or CHG) antimicrobial solution. (The solution is also available over-the-counter in the First Aid section of the pharmacy.) The steps below outline the application process and should be carefully followed. This soap must be used THREE DAYS prior to your surgery.

Important points to know before starting:

  • DO NOTshave any area of the body for at least 2 days before surgery
  • Avoid contact with eyes, ears, mouth and genital area
  • DO NOT apply lotions, moisturizers, or makeup after washing with Hibiclens
  • Dress in clean clothes or sleepwear after showering with Hibiclens
  • The directions below are to be done two days before surgery, the day before surgery and the morning of surgeryfor a total of THREE showers

Directions:

  1. Wash your hair using normal shampoo, and your face with your regular soap or cleanser
  2. Using a fresh, clean washcloth and 1/3of the Hibiclens Soap, wash from your neckdown. Pay special attention to the knee or hip we will be doing surgery on
  3. Rinse your body thoroughly. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
  4. Using a fresh, clean towel to dry your body

If you have any signs or symptoms of skin reaction, such as redness or itching, rinse the area thoroughly and discontinue use.

If you have any questions or concerns about the above procedure please do not hesitate to contact our office at: (480) 964-2908.

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