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Before Surgery

Preparing yourself physically and mentally is important for both the surgery and a smooth recovery. Here are a few things to think about as you get ready:

Medications. Make sure to tell our staff about any medications that you are taking, including vitamins and over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen. You may need to stop taking certain medications. For instance, aspirin needs to be stopped 7 days before surgery. Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories must be stopped 2 days before. Specific directions regarding medications will be given to during your Pre-operative Evaluation (see below). If you have any further questions, please call the office.

Be prepared. It’s important for you to understand the nature of your surgery and to know exactly what’s going to be done during the procedure. You should be able to answer such questions as: What is the procedure I will be having? How long will I be in the hospital? Will I have to make any changes to my medications before surgery? How long will it take for me to recover and get back to my usual activities? What kind of care will I need after I leave the hospital?

Pre-operative Testing. Most patients need to visit the Pre-operative Testing Center before surgery. This is a separate appointment from your office visit with Dr. Chiodo. When you are seen in the Pre-operative Center, bring a list of your medications, including any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins. List the name, dose, and frequency of each. Also, bring a list of your doctors with phone numbers so that they can be contacted if necessary.

At your pre-operative visit, you will undergo a nursing assessment, where a nurse will review your medications and discuss what to expect at surgery. The nurse may also arrange for you to meet with other staff to help plan for your care in the hospital and at home. For most patients, an anesthesia evaluation is necessary. During this evaluation, your medical and surgical history will be reviewed. Different anesthetic and pain control options will be discussed. Certain tests may also be ordered, such as an EKG (electrocardiogram) or blood work (depending on your age and the nature of surgery).

Your Surgical Date. To schedule surgery, call Patrick Murray at (617) 983-7295. You will ultimately be sent a surgical date and time in the mail. One day before your surgery, you should call to confirm the time of your procedure. If you are having surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, call (617) 732-7625 between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. If surgery is going to be performed at the Faulkner Hospital, call (617) 983-7179 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. At this time, you will be told where to check in.