• Knee
    Arthroscopy
  • ACL
    Reconstruction
  • ACL Reconstruction with
    Allografts and LARS Ligaments
  • Acute
    Knee Injury Clinic
  • Partial
    Knee Replacement
  • Knee
    Replacement
  • Hip Replacement &
    Resurfacing
  • Skiing and
    Snowsports
  • Revision Knee
    Replacement
  • Revision Hip
    Replacement
  • Anterior Minimally
    Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Computer
    Assisted Surgery

Preparing for Surgery & Procedure

Preparing for Surgery :: Preparing for Procedure

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.

Prior to surgery:

  • Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery
  • If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery will help decrease the stress you place on your new joint. However, you should not diet during the month before your surgery
  • If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications or warfarin or any drugs that increase the risk of bleeding you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery.
  • If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery
  • Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron
  • Report any infections. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up
  • Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry

If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:

  • Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours
  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home
  • The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours
  • Keep the leg elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain
  • Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start to feel discomfort.
  • St Vincent's Hospital Sydney
  • Macquarie University Hospital
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • The Royal College of Surgeond of Edinburgh
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
  • Sydney University Football Club
  • Bulldogs
  • Cronulla Sharks
  • Moximed