Review these handouts before your surgery:
Arrange to have someone drive you to and from surgery and stay with you that night to help with medications, meals, etc. You should arrange for crutches ahead of time if necessary (you can find them at King Soopers, etc), and plan to have ice available.
Your surgeon will request an ice machine for you to rent or purchase. A representative from the ice machine company will call you to review associated costs and instructions. Due to varying insurance coverage, you are responsible for confirming or
refusing the ice machine after the rep has called. You can review a few brands below:
Schedule a follow-up appointment in the CU Sports Medicine office 6-12 days after your surgery and a physical therapy appointment 3-5 days after surgery (best to do this ahead of time). You can attend therapy at a location of your choice, and we're happy
to make recommendations.
Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, and arrive 1.5 hours beforehand (or as directed by a scheduler, who will call you that week).
When you arrive, you’ll sign a consent for surgery and have a chance to ask any questions. A member of the surgical team will mark the operation site (so don’t do so yourself!), and you will likely receive prescriptions for pain and anti-inflammatory
An intravenous catheter (IV) will be started in your arm and you’ll receive antibiotic medication through that IV to prevent infection. You’ll speak with an anesthesiologist about going to sleep for surgery.
Surgery time vary but will be discussed beforehand. You’ll wake up in the recovery room and will stay there until the pain is controlled and you are alert enough to return home (usually 1-2 hours).