Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery
Adelaide Orthopaedic & Trauma Specialist surgeon are skill in surgical techniques for: - Hip Arthroscopy - Hip Replacement - Revision Hip Surgery - Hip Disclocation

Adelaide Orthopaedic & Trauma Specialist surgeon are skill in surgical techniques for:
- Hip Arthroscopy
- Hip Replacement
- Revision Hip Surgery
- Hip Disclocation

- Knee Arthroscopy
- Knee Replacement
- ACL Reconstruction (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
- Revision Knee Replacement
- Meniscal Tear Repair
- Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
Unstable Kneecap

- Shoulder Arthroscopy
- Shoulder Joint Replacement
- Shoulder Instability
- Broken Collar Bone
- Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear
- Dislocated Shoulder

- Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Fractures of the Finger
- Ganglion Cyst
- Fractures of the Hand
- Distal Radius Fracture
- Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist

- Ankle Arthroscopy
- Ankle Fractures
- Bunion Surgery
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Broken Ankle
– Broken Foot
- Fractures of the Heel

Our Surgeons are committed to providing every patient with the best possible orthopaedic care.

Our goal is to provide the best care possible to assist in the recovery and improvement of every patient’s health.
We are committed to providing a high standard of quality care.

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 nest results afterward. Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step towards 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 options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to surgery.

If you are overweight losing weighty 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 on week before surgery to minimise 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 the 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 anaesthesia, 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 controlling the pain.

At Adelaide Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists we believe that patient education is paramount to a positive outcome, which empowers the patient to actively participate in their own care.

For any questions about preparing for surgery, surgery itself or to come and see one of our specialised orthopaedic surgeons, contact one of our friendly staff on (08) 7325 4800 or visit

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