Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible alternatives to surgery and discuss risks and benefits of these choices so you can make an informed decision. Please ask questions and tell us about your concerns. We want you to have enough information to make the best choice.
If you decide to proceed with surgery, we will ask questions to assess your risk of bleeding or clotting, determine whether you have sleep apnea or physical limitations, and learn about your nutritional needs. This information will help us plan your care and meet your personal needs.
Finally, depending on your surgery and individual needs, a Case Manager may contact you by phone to learn about how much support you have at home. To recover well from surgery, you need to have a good support system at home. This is particularly important for getting you home from the hospital as quickly and safely as possible, and it helps reduce your chances of returning unexpectedly after surgery.
While planning for your surgery, we will talk to you about pain management and medication. State law restricts the number of narcotic (opioid) pain pills that can be prescribed, and your surgeon must consider non-prescription medications before prescribing narcotics. A narcotic consent form is now required, which informs you of the risks of taking these drugs. Your primary care provider may also manage your postoperative pain medication in agreement with your surgeon. You may have an anesthetic injection or “block” around the time of surgery to help with pain relief.
Print These Instructions