Below you will find links to patient resources the providers at SPORT recommend regarding orthopedic injuries and care, as well as our patient instruction sheets, surgery information, and FAQs.
Patient Information and Instructions
Patient Information and Instructions
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Attention: Parents of Student-Athletes
In his book, The Athletic Scholarship Myth, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and local author Dr. Robert E. Berry educates coaches, parents, and athletes on preventing injuries and managing the pressure of competitive sports.
Surgery Information – Before, During, After
What to Expect Before Surgery
Our surgery scheduler will contact you via email and phone to facilitate a date, time, and location for your upcoming procedure. Once a surgery date has been determined, you will be scheduled for your pre-op appointment with your surgeon about 7-10 days prior to your procedure. This is required prior to your surgery to avoid cancellation of your surgery.
The pre-op appointment allows a window of opportunity to ensure that all your questions are answered before your scheduled surgery or procedure and that you have time to complete paperwork. It also allows our staff the appropriate time to prep you for your surgical experience.
What to Expect During Surgery
Shower twice in a 24-hour period prior to your procedure with Hibiclens® (skin cleanser and antiseptic) to decrease the risk of infection.
Follow the instructions given to you about eating and drinking. This is important for your safety.
Arrive promptly two hours prior to your scheduled procedure time.
Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Remove all jewelry and body piercing prior to surgery. Please leave valuables, including jewelry, at home or with a family member.
Bring your driver’s license or photo identification card and health insurance cards.
If you are on blood thinners, aspirin, or herbal medicines, notify the surgery scheduler.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Also, do not take any aspirin or aspirin-like products, blood thinners, or any type of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Aleve, ibuprofen, meloxicam, or etodolac for 7-10 days prior to surgery. Tylenol is ok to take.
Please be sure to tell your surgeon about any existing medical conditions as well as prescriptions, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter medications you are taking.
Failure to follow these instructions can cause serious complications.
What to Expect After Surgery
In most cases, depending on your procedure, you will be ready to leave the surgery facility in 30 minutes to 2 hours following your surgery. Before you are discharged, your nurse will review your home care instructions with you and your family. A copy of these instructions is included in this packet and will also be available to you via email.
Take it easy until your physician says you can return to your normal routine.
It is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of the operation. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia you receive or on the amount of pain medication you are taking at home.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, drink alcoholic beverages, smoke, make legal decisions, or take any medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
Have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.