Orthopedics: About Your Visit

Dress For Your Office Visit

Orthopedics Staff with Patient Cast Photo

Because of the nature of your treatment, especially when x-rays or cast work is needed, please bring shorts if you have a knee, hip or foot problem and a tank top (for women) if you have a shoulder problem. If you are being seen for a foot or ankle problem, bring your shoe inserts or custom foot inserts. If you are a runner, bring your running shoes.

Your first appointment will begin with taking a detailed medical history and conducting a physical examination. This gives your doctor an idea about the type of symptoms or pain you are experiencing, past medical and surgical history, and medications that you are taking. We may ask you to schedule an MRI or to bring your X-rays with you.

Treatment

We will first attempt to resolve the problem with a non-invasive approach. If exercises, dietary changes and other non-surgical approaches are not achieving results, we will recommend a surgical treatment.

Day of Surgery

Notify your doctor if you are experiencing any health changes (a cold, persistent cough, fever, etc.) since your last visit to schedule your surgery.

Make sure to arrange for transportation to and from the surgery center. For day surgery, if you have general anesthesia or sedation, you will not be allowed to leave alone after surgery. It is important that a responsible adult is present to receive any discharge instructions, take you home, and be with you for 24 hours following surgery.

Do not smoke for 24 hours before your surgery, and be prepared to stop smoking during your convalescence.

Eat normally and take your routinely prescribed medications the day and evening before your surgery, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Do not eat or drink anything (including water), and do not chew gum or mints after midnight the night before your surgery.

Take a bath or shower before coming in the surgery center. Do not wear make-up or nail polish on the day of surgery.

Wear casual, loose fitting clothing and slip-on shoes for ease of dressing after surgery.

Leave all valuables at home. Do not wear jewelry, a watch, or contact lenses.

Arrive two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time to allow time for preparation and a visit from your anesthesiologist.

After Surgery

After surgery, you will spend time recovering. When you are discharged from the recovery area, you will be reunited with your family.

Use your pain medications exactly as prescribed. If your pain medication is not working, do not flush it down the toilet or give it to someone else. You cannot get an alternative medication unless you can account for your original prescription.

Our On-Call providers are available at all times to address your questions and needs.

If you are hospitalized, your follow-up appointments will be arranged for you.