Orthopedic Surgery at Madsen Orthopedics. What to expect before, during and after.


Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and how to safely prepare for surgery.

Preparing for your surgery:
• Understand exactly what surgery is planned, along with the risks, benefits and other options.
• Tell Dr. Madsen ALL the medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies you take. (Some of these can increase the risk of bleeding or interact with anesthesia.)
If you take aspirin or other blood thinners, be sure to talk to Dr. Madsen quickly. He will tell you if you should stop taking it prior to your surgery. You may need to stop taking certain medicines a week or more before surgery. Make sure you understand exactly what he directs you to do.


Before you arrive:
• Follow the instructions exactly about when to stop eating and drinking. If you don’t, your surgery may be cancelled. If Dr. Madsen told you to take your medicines on the day of surgery, take them with only a sip of water.
• Take a bath or shower before you come in for your surgery. Do not apply lotions, perfumes, deodorants, or nail polish.
• Do not shave the surgical site yourself, that will be done by Madsen Orthopedic medical professionals.
• Take off all jewelry and piercings. Take out contact lenses, if you wear them.
• Make sure you bring a photo ID

When you arrive:
• The area for surgery is often marked to make sure there are no errors.
• You will get antibiotics through the IV tube before surgery. This lowers the risk of an infection.
• You will be kept comfortable and safe by your anesthesia provider. The anesthesia may make you sleep, or it may just numb the area being worked on.
• Surgery usually takes 1-3 hours

When you leave:
• Be sure you have someone to drive you home. Anesthesia and pain medicine make it unsafe for you to drive.
• At first, you will need someone who can help you day and night. You can go home from the hospital if you have help at home and your recovery is going well. You can go to a rehabilitation center if you don’t have help at home or if you need extra care.
• You will be given more specific instructions about recovering from your surgery. They will cover things like diet, wound care, follow-up care, driving and getting back to your normal routine.


• If you have questions or concerns.
• If you don’t understand how to prepare for surgery.
• If you become ill before the surgery. (Such as fever, flu or a cold.)
• If  you need to reschedule or have changed your mind about having the surgery.

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