Preparing for surgery/ Procedure
"Before surgery you maybe referred for pre-operative
investigations, such as blood tests, ECG and x-rays. Patients undergoing joint
replacement surgery will be requested to see a physician who will assist in the
preparation and optimization of your health prior to your operation and also
help in the post operative period.
Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr. Simon Holland and your family
physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.
If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery will help decrease the
stress you place on your new joint. However, you should not diet during the
month before your surgery.
If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, you will need
to stop taking them seven to ten days before surgery to minimise bleeding.
Panadol and Panadeine or other equivalents are safe to take and do not prolong
If you are taking anti platelet medications such as Plavix, Iscover,
Clopidogrel to thin your blood or Warfarin, Coumadin these need
involvement of a physician and special attention. Bleeding can be uncontrollable
on these medications.
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and
improve your recovery.
Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce
the risk of infection later.
Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron.
Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all
infections have cleared up.
You need to bring along your xrays, MRI scans and CT scans that you have
had performed in relation to your proposed surgery.