Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

 

Finding a Surgeon

Preoperative Evaluation Center Appointment

Presurgery Task List

Night Before Surgery Checklist

Morning of Surgery Checklist

Packing List



Finding a Surgeon

Patients wishing to undergo surgery at the Floyd Center for Joint Replacement must make an in-office visit with a joint replacement surgeon practicing at Floyd. For a surgeon referral, call 706.509.6849 or email us.

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Preoperative Evaluation Center Appointment

Your Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center visit will include a detailed exam by a provider who is trained to optimize your health before surgery (this is also called giving "medical clearance"). Our Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center providers have specialized knowledge of how surgery and anesthesia can affect your body systems and your other medical problems. By reviewing your health history, medications and previous medical records, the Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center works with your surgeon to prepare a customized plan of care for before, during and after surgery.

The Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center visit usually occurs several weeks before surgery and will include:

  • Hospital pre-registration
  • Review of your medical history, medical issues and needs
  • Physical exam by a physician or nurse practitioner
  • Completion of blood tests and EKG if needed, nasal swab, urinary evaluation in some cases
  • Scheduling of any additional medical tests required for your surgery
  • Review of how to take your medicines around the time of surgery
  • Receiving instructions for the day of your surgery
  • Discussing your surgery aftercare
  • Answering your questions

The specialists at Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center will review the results of all your pre-surgery testing. The Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center will work with your primary care and other doctors to address any special health needs you may have.

You will need the following items for your Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center appointment:

  • Physician's order and consent forms for your procedure if you have them.
  • Proof of insurance including all Medicare/Insurance/Workman’s Compensation information.
  • Photo identification.
  • Co-payment, if applicable.
  • Wallet cards for heart stents or pacemakers.
  • A bag containing any prescription or non-prescription medications you are currently taking.
  • A copy of your Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, if you have one.

Important: You will also need to attend the preoperative appointment at your surgeon’s office, if one is scheduled.

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Presurgery Task List

Some of these activities may require several weeks to accomplish. We recommend using this task list now to help you to be well organized and prepared in advance of your surgery.

  • Choose someone to act as your personal coach and trainer.
  • When a blood type and screen is drawn a patient identification card will be given. Please remember to bring identification card with you on day of admission.
  • Complete all pre-surgery tests and appointments, and attend joint class if scheduled.
  • If you take a blood thinner like Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin, Pradaxa or others, review the special instructions given to you by Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center. Your surgery could be cancelled if these instructions are not followed exactly. If you are not sure about what to do, call the Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center at 706.509.6439.
  • Review the additional medication instructions given to you at the Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center visit. Note that some medicines may need to be stopped several days before surgery.
  • If you were given Bactroban nasal ointment at Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center, review instructions and use as directed.
  • Stop smoking. If unable to stop, cut down. Smoking interferes with healing.
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you when you return home.
  • Arrange for travel home from the hospital and to appointments.
  • If you experience an illness, injury or infection between your Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center appointment and surgery date, please notify us immediately at 706.509.6439.
  • Arrange for meals at home by either cooking and freezing meals ahead or asking someone to bring meals.
  • Remove loose rugs from floors and secure all electrical cords to avoid tripping.
  • Make sure walkways are wide enough for your walker.
  • Place a cordless telephone, remote controls, reading materials and other helpful items close to your primary chair or in another convenient location.
  • Place night lights in your bedroom, interior pathways and bathrooms.
  • Make arrangements for home care and medical equipment.
  • Purchase a reacher to dress and pick up things from the floor, a sock aid to put on socks, a long-handled sponge to wash your legs and feet and a long handled shoe horn for putting on your shoes. Your insurance company will not cover these items.

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Night Before Surgery Checklist

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless otherwise directed in the light green Preoperative Instruction booklet given to you at the Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center visit. Customized instructions for your medications are also found in this booklet.
  • Remove acrylic or gel nails and polish.
  • Place clean sheets on your bed.
  • Shower at bedtime with antiseptic skin cleanser, and use the antibacterial wipes provided at your Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center visit.

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Morning of Surgery Checklist

  • You may brush your teeth but do not swallow water.
  • Do NOT shower, but do use the antibacterial wipes again as directed.
  • Remember, no food or drink unless otherwise specified at your Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center visit.
  • No gum or mints.
  • Do not wear makeup, nail polish or items in your hair such as barrettes, hairpieces or bobby pins. Remove acrylic nails and polish.
  • Do not wear any body piercing or jewelry.
  • Review the written medication instructions given to you at the Floyd Preoperative Evaluation Center visit. Take the medicines you were instructed to take this morning with a small sip of water.
  • Do not take insulin or other blood-glucose lowering drugs the morning of surgery. Your blood sugar level will be checked and medication administered, if needed.
  • Do not bring valuables to the hospital (i.e. jewelry, money, credit cards).

Arrive as scheduled:

  • If your surgery is at Floyd Medical Center, park at the Main Entrance of Floyd Medical Center. Report to the Information Desk in the hospital Main Lobby for instructions.
  • If your surgery is at Floyd Outpatient Surgery Center, park either in the lot nearest 330 Physicians Center or in the covered parking garage adjacent to the Physicians Center. Report to the desk in Floyd Outpatient Surgery Center, located on the first floor of 330 Physicians Center.

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Packing List

  • Physician's order for your surgery
  • Proof of your health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or other health care coverage
  • Photo identification
  • Medical history, including family medical history
  • Co-payment, if applicable
  • Admission Form
  • Loose fitting clothes
  • Non-skid, slip-on shoes
  • Knee-length robe
  • Ink pens, pencils and paper
  • Phone numbers of family and friends
  • Glasses, dentures, hearing aids and their cases
  • Reading materials
  • Small pocket change
  • Robe, slippers and pajamas
  • Reacher to dress and pick up things from the floor
  • Sock-aid to help you with putting on socks
  • Long-handled sponge to wash your legs and feet
  • Long-handled shoe horn for putting on your shoes
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications you are currently taking grouped together in zip-lock bags
  • CPAP machine if you have one
  • List of all medications, foods and products to which you are allergic
  • The patient guide
  • The name, address and telephone number of the place where you are going to recuperate

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