In order to prepare for your visit, we will need information about your health insurance, health care directives, living will and durable power of attorney if applicable. There are two ways for us to get this information from you. You can complete our online registration form or you can wait for one of our representative to call you prior to your surgery date.
Start to create a list of medicines you are taking. Look at the label for exact name, dosage and frequency. Don't forget to include birth control, aspirin or medicines with aspirin, medicines not needing a prescription, vitamins, herbals, diet pills and supplements. Use My Medicine List.
Discuss all the medicines you are taking with your doctor, especially those for diabetes, high blood pressure, blood thinners or heart problems. Your doctor will advise you on what medicines you will need to change before surgery and which medicines you can take as usual. Ask your doctor for exact instructions about when to take, stop or change any medications before surgery.
Preoperative history and physical exam with your primary care provider
In order to assess your risk and readiness for surgery, you will need a preoperative history and physical exam with your primary care provider at least two weeks before surgery. If you do not have a primary care provider at this time, contact one of HealthEast's conveniently located clinics to schedule an exam.
If you are going home the same day of surgery, we ask that you arrange having a support person accompany you the day of your surgery. To provide you with the best and safest care, this person will be asked to do the following:
- Listen to your surgeon's instructions.
- Take you home. If you have anesthesia, it's important that you have someone drive you home. If you don't have a driving arrangement set-up, we must cancel your surgery.
- Stay and care for you 24 hours after surgery.
Total Joint Class
If you are scheduled for a total hip or knee replacement surgery, please sign up for one of our free total joint preoperative classes. In this class, you will learn more about preparation and recovery of your surgery.
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