Preparing for Surgery

Time of Surgery

  • Surgery time is not finalized until 1-2 days prior to surgery. If you have not received a phone call the day before your surgery, please call:
    • UCHealth Broomfield Hospital: 303-460-6037 (between 2:00-4:00 pm on the afternoon before your surgery)
    • UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital: 720-718-1003 (between 2:00-4:00 pm on the afternoon before your surgery)
    • Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion: 720-848-1340 (between 2:00-4:00 pm on the afternoon before your surgery)

Where to Report

Please arrive 90 minutes prior to the scheduled surgery time.

  • UCHealth Broomfield Hospital
    • 11820 Destination Dr., Broomfield, CO 80021
    • Proceed through the Emergency Department entrance. The information desk will direct you to the Surgery and Procedure Check-In.
  • UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital
    • 1750 E. Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, CO 80504
    • Proceed through the main hospital entrance (not the surgery center). The information desk will direct you to Surgery Check-In.
  • UCHealth Anschutz Medical Campus
    • 1625 Aurora Ct., Aurora, CO 80045
    • Please arrive at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion and report to Day Surgery Check-In. Take Elevator “C” to the 2nd floor, the check-in desk is just off the elevators.

Instructions Before Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink any solid foods, milk or creamer products 8 hours prior to surgery.
  • Take only the medicines you have been instructed to take. NSAID products (Advil, Aleve, Meloxicam, Celebrex, Diclofenac) may be taken up until the day before your surgery.
  • Do not smoke, chew tobacco, use e-cigarettes, cannabis vapor gas or recreational drugs before or after your surgery.
    • Nicotine products increase your risk for complications after surgery and will need to be discontinued for weeks to months after your surgical procedure.
  • Consumption of alcohol is not recommended before or after your surgery.
  • If you come ill before your surgery (cold, fever, upset stomach, etc.) or if you have any new open wounds or infections on any part of the body, call 720-848-0000 and ask for the resident for the Orthopedic Service.

General Instructions

  • Shower within 24 hours prior to your procedure, preferably the night before your procedure with an anti-bacterial soap. Hibiclens or Dial antibacterial soap are acceptable options.
  • Do not put anything on the skin after you shower, such as deodorant, lotion, creams, or perfume/cologne.
  • Use a clean towel after your shower.
  • Place clean sheets on your bed the night prior to your procedure.
  • Do not wear any make-up, especially eye make-up or lipstick.
  • Remove all nail polish from your surgical extremity.
  • Do not wear jewelry or body piercings.
  • Secure long hair with non-metal fasteners.
  • Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing, after surgery you may have a large thick dressing on the surgical area, be sure that the leg openings are large enough to accommodate this.
  • Wear your glasses instead of contacts and bring a case for your glasses.
  • Bring your boot or crutches with you to surgery if you already have these.

Outpatient Surgery

  • Arrange for a ride home in advance. You must be transported home under the care and assistance of a responsible adult. No ride-share services may be used.
  • It is likely that you will be unable to put weight on your surgical extremity for 2-6 weeks after your surgery. Please think about how you will get around and what help you will need after surgery. Some options are crutches, walkers, knee scooters, i-walk crutch, and wheelchairs.


Medication Refills

  • A minimum of 72 hours is required in order to process your request for a prescription refill.
  • All refills requests must be made during regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm
  • Narcotic prescriptions are for short-term use of pain management; they will not be refilled after a certain point from surgery.

Getting around when non-weight bearing

  • If you are interested in devices to help you be non-weight bearing after surgery other than traditional crutches, there are multiple options available. Please be aware that most insurance companies do not cover or reimburse for these devices.



Knee Scooters
Knee Scooters
Amazon or Walmart $100-$399
Knee Scooter Rentals
Knee Scooter USA
iWalk Knee Crutch

iWalk Knee Crutch
Amazon or Walmart approximately $150

Pro Crutches

Pro Crutches
Multiple online vendors
Approximately $120

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