Pre-operative Information - Get prepared for surgery

If you and your doctor decide to go ahead with the operation then proper preparation for the procedure is necessary as this can affect both the outcome of the surgery and your recovery time.

Some suggestions include:

  • If you smoke, cut down or quit. Smoking compromises blood flow to your organs, which leads to less Oxygen and viral nutrition getting to your surgical site and that leads to a delay in the healing process and slows recovery.
  • If you drink, don't have any alcohol for at least 48 hours before surgery.
  • If you use any other types of controlled substances, seek proper advice from your local medical doctor and inform your surgeon. Narcotics and other drugs can have an impact on your surgery.
  • Ask your doctor for pre-surgical exercises.  If you are having hip or knee replacement surgery, doing exercises to strengthen your upper body will help you cope with crutches or a walker after surgery. Also ask about exercises that will be prescribed after surgery. If you familiarise yourself with these post-operative exercises and practice them now, they will be easier to perform after the surgery.
  • If you are on any blood thinners (like Warfarin, Clopidogrel, or Aspirin) please inform your doctor as it is very important to deal with these medications before your surgery.
  • You may need to take several types of tests, including blood tests, a cardiogram, a urine sample and a chest X-ray. These tests are generally arranged by your local medical officer; however we may need to conduct further investigations for you.
  • If you are planning any dental work such as tooth extraction or filling, please schedule them well in advance of your surgery. Do not schedule any dental work, including routine cleanings, for several weeks after your surgery since that can seriously compromise the outcome of your orthopaedic surgery.
  • Notify your doctor if you come down with a fever, a cold or any other illness in the week before the surgery.
  • Stay away from the garden or the shed to avoid being scratched or cut by a sharp object especially on the site of planned surgery. We cannot proceed with your joint replacement if there are any dirty wounds in the site of planned surgery.