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Day of Surgery

Dr. Jildeh provides a specific set of guidelines for preoperative care, postoperative care, and rehabilitation recovery. These will be discussed with you and reviewed during your pre-surgery visit and post-operative visits. 

General Guidelines

  • Please arrive to the hospital at least two hours before your assigned surgery time. This will allow the pre-operative team to adequately assess you, and give plenty of time for your care.

  • Have someone to take you home, you should refrain from driving for at least 24 hours following surgery

  • To avoid complications with anesthesia, do not consume any food or liquids after midnight on the night before your surgery date. This includes any sort of candy or mints. We also advise that you refrain from tobacco product, drug use, or alcohol consumption for at least 48 hours prior to your surgery.

  • Stop taking all herbal supplements for at least one week prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed. This is to prevent medication interactions. We recommend taking Tylenol for pain and avoiding narcotic pain medication preoperatively.

  • Nausea after an operative intervention is normal. This is due to the effect of anesthesia. Once you arrive home, we recommend you wait until you are hungry prior to beginning to eat. Begin with clear liquids, and progress to a light meal and avoid greasy food.

  • Post-operatively, keep your operative extremity elevated above the level of your heart and judiciously ice your extremity. We recommend icing 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off. 

  • Take your pain medication as directed by Dr. Jildeh. Make sure to “stay ahead of your pain” and begin taking pain medication as your start feeling uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain.

  • If you are on Dr. Jildeh’s nonopioid pain protocol, make sure to stay on-schedule. This protocol was custom-tailored to the human healing cascade and the recommended medications should be carefully taken as described.

What to Bring to Surgery

  • Loose, comfortable clothes (make sure they are not your favorite outfits)

  • Athletic shoes

  • Comfortable shorts

Knee patients:

  • Your brace

  • Crutches

Shoulder patients:

  • Your shoulder sling

  • Loose fitting button-up shirts to accommodate your sling

Hip patients:

  • Your brace

  • Comfortable shorts

Elbow patients:

  • Loose fitting T-shirt or button-up shirt

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