Before Your Surgery
You may need to complete the following items within 30 days of your surgery.
- A presurgical medical examination by your primary care physician. An additional appointment with your cardiologist or specialist may also be necessary before your surgery.
- Blood work, an EKG, and possibly a nasal swab.
If you are taking any aspirin products, anti-inflammatory medication, or any other medications that increase your risk of bleeding, you will need to stop taking these before your surgery to minimize bleeding. Please check with your physician’s clinical staff for a list of medications that need to be stopped before surgery.
Smoking is not advised because it may increase your risk of complications after surgery. For some surgeries and some of our surgeons, it is a requirement that you are nicotine free for 4–6 weeks before surgery and lab work will be ordered to confirm this.
If you are having a joint replacement or spine surgery, you may be required to attend an education class before the date of surgery to learn more about your surgery and your recovery.
The hospital or surgery center will notify you of your time for surgery and your arrival time.
Notify the office immediately if you develop a fever or infection. Surgery will not be performed if you are sick or have an active infection.
If you need to cancel your surgery for any reason, please call the office as soon as possible at 616-459-3900 and ask for your physician’s clinical staff.
If you are having outpatient surgery, arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the hospital or surgery center, remain with you, and drive you home following your surgery. You will not be allowed to drive home. It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery.