What to Do to Prepare for Surgery

  • Arrange for a family member or friend to accompany you to the hospital the day of your surgery.
  • CANCEL ANY DENTAL APPOINTMENTS THAT FALL BETWEEN 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO SURGERY AND 3 MONTHS AFTER SURGY.
  • AVOID ANY INJECTIONS INTO YOUR SURGICAL JOINT FOR 3 MONTHS PRIOR TO SURGERY
  • You will be discharged from the hospital as discussed previously, so plan ahead for transportation home or to the hotel the day of your planned discharge.
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you the first night you return home or to the hotel after the surgery.
  • Adjust your work/social schedule accordingly during your anticipated recovery time.
  • Remove small throw rugs or other small obstacles that may be in your path.
  • If you have pets, you may want to arrange for someone to assist in caring for them for a few days after you return home.
  • While taking narcotic pain medication you will NOT be permitted to drive. Oxycontin and Norco (Hydrocordone) are narcotics. You may need to arrange for transportation to your initial follow up visit.
  • You will need to follow up with Dr. Berger approximately three weeks after surgery. This appointment may have been made for you when you signed up for surgery. If you  were not given an appointment, please call Andrea at 312.432.2343 or Arisha at 312.432.2322
  • If you are scheduled for another surgery in 6 weeks with Dr. Berger your first post-operative appointment is already scheduled for you in three weeks. Refer to your letter in the front pocket of your binder.
  • Out-of-state patients will need to see Dr. Berger before traveling home.
  • In order to stay well hydrated after surgery, pick up some alternatives to water, for example: Gatorade, juic

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