PREPARING FOR
YOUR SURGERY

OrthoWashington Orthopedic Services

Working with Your Doctor

  • Discuss with your doctor what you can do to best prepare physically before your surgery. For example, if you are going to have joint-replacement surgery and 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.
  • Talk frankly with your surgeon. Learn what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Your questions may include:
  • What is the process for being admitted to surgery?
  • What type of anesthesia will I receive?
  • If applicable, what type of implant or prosthesis will be used?
  • How long will my recovery take?
  • Discuss with your surgeon and family physician about any medications you are taking to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery. For example, if you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, Warfarin, Coumadin, or any other drugs that increase the risk of bleeding, you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding.
  • Discuss with your doctor options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions, and other treatments.
  • Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.
  • Do not hesitate to voice concerns or speak up if you do not understand something about your treatment.

Assemble Your Personal and Medical Information

Personal Preparations

Other Preparations Before Surgery

Preparing for After Surgery

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