Preparing for Surgery

Once you and Dr. Smith decide that surgery is appropriate for you, you will need to learn what to expect and create a treatment plan to give you the best results afterward. You should do your best to understand the process and your role to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr. Smith and with your primary care physician to see which medications you should stop taking before surgery. Some medications, such as blood thinners, may need to be stopped before surgery.

If you smoke, you should quit before surgery in order to minimize the risks of a problem such as failed bone or wound healing.

If you are going home the same day as surgery, make sure you have someone who will drive you home.

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery.

Dr. Smith will meet with you on the day of surgery to answer any additional questions you may have.

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