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Pre- and
Post-Surgery Instructions

Preparing for surgery can be an anxious time, but knowing what will happen on the day of an expected surgery can help ease your mind. Find out what to bring with you, how to prepare, and when to show up. Below is a list of suggestions for surgery prep, but never hesitate to call Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville if you have questions specific to your surgery.

Arrive Early
The surgical facility will contact you the day prior to your procedure with your arrive time. It’s a good idea to arrive early.  Being late could mean having to reschedule the procedure.

Do Not Eat or Drink
Based upon your procedure, your doctor will recommend a length of time not to eat or drink. Eating or drinking prior to surgery can cause nausea and vomiting when paired with anesthesia and becomes a safety issue.

Be sure to check with your doctor about whether or not you should take medications the day of surgery. Due to safety concerns, your surgery may have to be delayed or cancelled if you fail to follow these important instructions.

Pack Light
Your belongings should be limited: a bag of toiletries and some loose comfortable clothes is a good start. Leave all valuables at home, including cell phones, computers, excessive cash and jewelry.

You should have your insurance information and any documents your doctor has provided. Also, have your current medications, in their original containers, with you.

Following surgery, Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville is committed to helping you towards full recovery. Although surgery is performed by one of our orthopedic surgeons, your physical therapist or primary care physician is usually asked to participate in your care after surgery. This is commonly referred to as post-operative consultation and care. The purpose of post-operative care is to identify and manage potential complications after surgery and to help you through the rehabilitation process.