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Once your surgery has been scheduled by the surgery scheduler, you will be given important forms and dates. Make sure to keep these important dates and papers in a safe place where you can reference them as needed. You will probably have to schedule Pre-Admission testing at the hospital, where they will draw blood work. If you are having a Total Joint Replacement, you will also be scheduled for our Preoperative Education class. In addition, you may need to make a date with your Primary Care Physician for surgical clearance. After your surgery scheduling, you will have time to complete these appointments and to organize and plan for both your hospital stay and your care after discharge. The suggestions given are to assist you in making the best decisions concerning your surgical experience as well as your full recovery. Please feel free to adapt any of the following to your particular situation.
You may want to make lists of the following information to help your organize your information and concerns.
- Your Questions and Concerns – You and your family members will most likely have many questions regarding the preparation for and care throughout your surgery. It is a good idea to make lists of these questions and keep them handy for reference. Keeping a list of your questions helps to ensure that all your questions will be answered.
- Your Current Medications – Many medical professionals will ask you what medicines you are currently taking throughout your preoperative as well as your postoperative care. While listing these can be tedious, it is important to your medical care. You can be prepared by making a list of the medicines you take (both prescription and over the counter). Make sure to include any vitamins or nutritional supplements you also may be taking. Also be sure to note any allergies you have to medicines or other substances. Keep copies of this list on hand, to help make this process easier for you.
- Preoperative Appointments – As previously mentioned, you may have a few appointments before your actual admission to the hospital. Pre-admission appointments may include scheduling doctors appointments, lab tests, blood donations, x-ray appointments, and preoperative class appointments. Keep yourself organized by listing the date and time of any appointments necessary and checking them off as they are completed.
- Planning for your Care – It is important to take the time to plan for your care following your surgery. Ease your mind by making a list of who and what will be needed to assist you after surgery. Make sure to include a list of who will be available to assist you to and from the hospital and to appointments. Make arrangements for someone close to stay with you after discharge if necessary. The list might also include your plans for home healthcare assistance, meals, and physical therapy.