Coming in for hand, wrist, or arm surgery?

Here are a few general steps to follow.

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Note: before we prescribe any pain medications - Patient must fill out our Patient Health Questionnaire as well as be seen for a pain management appointment.

RIDES

Make sure to have a ride to and from your surgery- you will not be able to drive for the first 24 hours after surgery.

MEDICATION

Please inform your doctor of all current medications you are taking.

Please stop taking all Asprin products such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, and Motrin at least 1 week prior to your surgery date.

If you are on any blood thinning medication, ask your doctor about discontinuing before surgery. These medications can increase the risk of bleeding and complications of anesthesia.

FOOD

WHEN TO STOP EATING BEFORE SURGERY:

Solid Foods - Stop eating 8 hours prior to surgery. ex: steak, apples, meats.

Soft Foods - Stop eating 6 hours prior to surgery. ex: mashed potatoes, jello, yogurt.

Drink - You can have sips of water (only) up to 2 hours before your surgery.

SKIN CONDITIONS

Please inform your doctor of any illness or skin conditions you may have prior to surgery.

CHANGES IN MEDICATION

Please inform your doctor of any medication changes between pre-operative appointment and surgery day.

EXERCISES

Doing small exercises in the areas surrounding your injury can improve the blood flow, decrease swelling, and loosen up the tissues to help you heal after surgery.

(example: if your arm is broken, try doing some shoulder rolls to increase blood flow)

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Have more questions?  Contact us at (517)332-4263 and we would be happy to assist you!