Questions About Your Orthopedic Treatment
If you need surgery or another treatment to deal with a spine, bone, joint or muscular condition, you probably have a lot of questions, but try not to worry. Banner Health’s Orthopedic specialists work closely with you to outline your care plan and keep you informed along the way.
How Do I Prepare for Outpatient Orthopedic Surgery?
If your orthopedic surgeon recommends surgery, you’ll work with our specialists to get ready for your procedure. You’re the most important part of our team and we’ll work together to create a specific treatment plan for you.
Before surgery, your orthopedist may ask you to see your primary care doctor for a complete physical exam. You may also need diagnostic and screening tests before your procedure.
Here are several more tips to help before, during and after your surgery:
- Tell your orthopedist about the medications you take, including vitamins and supplements. You may need to stop taking some of your medications or supplements.
- You will also receive instructions on whether you can eat or drink before your surgery.
- Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information and a list of all your current medications with you, but leave all valuables and jewelry at home.
- Please arrive on time so we can help you prepare.
- You may need to wear a hospital gown. Wear clothes you can easily remove.
- Bring a friend or family member to take you home after your procedure and stay with you afterward as your doctor recommends.
How Do I Prepare for Joint Replacement Surgery?
If you are having a total joint replacement, a hospital stay is very common. In addition to the recommendations above, use this information to prepare for your stay:
- Prior to your joint replacement, you may be asked to report to the hospital for pre-admission testing.
- If you are a patient at one of our Banner CORE Centers for Orthopedics, our Independence Expedition patient guide will cover your diagnosis, surgery, rehabilitation and aftercare.
- We want you up and moving as much as you can after your surgery. Inpatient rehabilitation will help you take positive steps to get used to your new joint and back to your everyday activities as soon as possible.
Your Banner Health orthopedic team will work with you after your procedure as well. If you had an outpatient procedure, this may include scheduling rehabilitation as needed.
We’ll also talk about things you need to do after your surgery to prevent a future injury. We’ll discuss how to use a walker if necessary, and how to make your home safer so you don’t trip or fall. We’ll also cover exercises to improve your strength as you recover.