Surgery Questions

How long does it take to schedule my surgery?

It takes 7-10 business days to schedule surgery. Our office must contact the facility to make sure they have availability on a particular day. We also will contact your insurance company for prior authorization if it is required

Do I need to do anything before my surgery?

Yes. You will be given an order for some pre-operative blood work, and other testing based on your age and medical history. You MUST have clearance from your primary care physician/cardiologist if you have a history of heart problems.

Do I need to schedule an appointment to see the doctor before surgery?

No. When our office calls you with your surgery date/time, we will also set you up for an appointment 3-4 weeks before the surgery. At this visit the physician will make sure you are healthy to have surgery, as well as answer any questions that you may have for him

How soon after surgery will I be able to return to work?

This is not the same for everyone. It depends on what type of surgery you have, what type of work you do, and how quickly you recover. This is a very good question to ask at your pre-op appointment

Do I need to schedule an appointment to see the doctor after surgery?

Yes. You should set your post-operative appointment when you come into the office for your pre-op appointment. When our office calls you with a surgery date and time we will set up your post-op appointment

When will my stitches/staples be removed?

  • Knee scope: 1 week after surgery
  • Shoulder scope: you will have the small stitches removed 1 week after surgery, and then you will come back in 1 more week to have the final long stitch removed
  • Total Joint Replacement: 2 weeks after surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release: 2 weeks after surgery

YOU MAY NOT GET YOUR INCISION WET WHILE YOU HAVE STITCHES/STAPLES!!

When will I be able to drive?

You should ask the physician this question at your pre-op appointment so that you may make arrangements for transportation after surgery

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