Preparing for your operation is the first step in ensuring a speedy and smooth recovery.
You will be provided with an admission pack containing information about the relevant hospital. There will be paperwork to complete and return to the hospital.
I ask the majority of my patients to fill out surveys about their shoulder or elbow. Although some of the questions can seem silly or repetitive, they are used throughout the world. It is very important that you fill out these surveys. They let us know how you are doing and how we are doing. The initial survey is done at the time of booking surgery and gives us something to compare to later.
Depending on your general health you may need to attend the preadmission clinic.
Most regular medications should be taken right up to and including the day of surgery.
However some medications may need to be ceased some time prior to surgery. Please discuss this with Dr Smith if you are unsure as to what you should do before your surgery.
Aspirin and anti-inflammatory agents
Cease 1 week preoperatively
Lipid lowering agents
Cease 1 day preoperatively and resume when stable and eating a full diet
HRT and Oral Contraceptives
In high risk surgery stop at least 4 weeks preop and during any period of postoperative immobility.
Discuss with Anaesthetist
Stop 2 weeks preoperatively
Stop 5 days preoperatively after consultation with your GP and / or Specialist
Clopidogrel / Plavix
Stop 2 weeks preoperatively after consultation with your GP and / or specialist
Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Apixaban (Eliquis) and Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
Last dose 48 hours prior to surgery
Don't take on the day of your operation
Smoking increases the risks of the operation including those related to the anaesthetic and the surgery itself.
Following surgery there may be some swelling of the arm or hand, so it is important to remove all rings on the arm to be operated prior to surgery.
You should take care in the two weeks before surgery to avoid scratches or wound in the area of the surgery.
Ice after surgery is a very effective pain-relieving option that is free from side-effects.
AS SOON AS YOU CAN
A WEEK BEFORE SURGERY
A FEW DAYS BEFORE SURGERY