Night before surgery
- No food or fluid after midnight the night before surgery, except for a sip of water to take your anti-inflammatory medication as directed under “Medications.”
- Arrange for a friend or family member to bring you and pick you from surgery. Also arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for at least 4 hours after surgery.
- The day before surgery, the nurses will give you a call to go over medical history, current medications, as well as give you an arrival time to check in at the surgery center. That time is usually 1 1/2 hr. (90 minutes) prior to your scheduled procedure. It may be as early as 5:45am. Surgery times may change due to unforeseen events. We will keep you informed if there are unexpected delays.
- If you do not follow these guidelines, your surgery may be cancelled. If there are necessary exceptions to these instructions, a nurse or the doctor from the surgery center will discuss them with you.
- If you smoke, you are advised to refrain from smoking the day before surgery.
On the day of surgery
- Please wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes or slippers.
- Please bring a form of ID along with your insurance card.
- Leave your valuables at home.
- If you wear contacts, please remove them prior to surgery and please bring your glasses.
- If you child is undergoing surgery, please bring their blanket or toy. Also, please bring an approved car seat.
- The first post op appointment will be 5-7 days after surgery. We will remove the bandages and check the wound site. You can wash with soap and water; keep the wound site clean and dry. You will either begin Physical Therapy, have a splint made (depending on the type of surgery), or be given a Home Exercise Program (HEP) at the first therapy appointment.
- The 2nd post-op appointment will be 10-14 days after surgery. We will remove the stitches at this time.
Anti-Inflammatory (for example: Relafen, Lodine, Motrin, Mobic, Celebrex etc.)
- Take one (1) pill the morning of surgery with a sip of water. Then one pill twice a day (one pill after breakfast and one pill after dinner with food) beginning the evening of your surgery.
Pain Medication (for example: Norco, Percocet etc.)
- Take one (1) pill every 4-6 hours for pain as needed. Please drink lots of water while taking your pain medications.
Keep your hand strictly elevated above the level of your heart for a minimum of 48 hours. During the 48 hrs. – 72 hrs post-surgery, this is a strict elevation period. One minute of keeping your hand down, cancels out five hours of keeping your hand elevated. The hand should be propped up on the provided grey foam pillow.
Signs of lack of elevation include swelling, throbbing and increased pain.
You are encouraged to open and close your hand as far as possible ten times every hour as long as NO cast or splints blocking the motion or you had a fracture. Move your shoulder at least ten times every hour. This is so that your shoulder will not become “frozen”.
If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (510) 857-1000.