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How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

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How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

Getting Ready for an Orthopedic Procedure

Preparing for surgery can be overwhelming, to say the least. So the health experts at Northern Inyo Hospital share some tips to help you prepare mentally and physically for your procedure.

Follow Your Pre-Surgery Diet

When you’re preparing for a surgical procedure, it’s important to eat a diet that is full of essential vitamins and nutrients to help your body heal afterward. During the two weeks leading up to your surgery, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Eat 65-100 grams of protein each day.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Choose whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas.
  • Cut back on processed foods, fast food, and added sugars.

Disclose Your Drug-Use Habits to Your Doctor

In the days leading up to your surgical procedure, your surgical care team will ask you about your drug and alcohol habits. While many people may be tempted to lie to avoid embarrassment, it is imperative that you tell the truth. This is because alcohol and drugs can negatively interact the anesthesia used during your procedure or even the medications you’ll be prescribed afterward,

Don’t Be afraid to Ask Questions

It’s normal to have a lot of questions after your doctor has recommended surgery as a treatment option for your unique health condition. Rather than leaving them unanswered, talk with your doctor openly about your concerns and ask questions to help give you peace of mind.

Dress Comfortably

Regardless of the type of surgery you’re having, dressing comfortably is key. Wear clothes that are easy to get on and off, ensuring that you have a smooth transition when getting dressed after your procedure.

Some clothing items to consider bringing with you include:

  • Tops that either zip or button in the front.
  • Sweatpants.
  • Shoes that don’t need to be tied.
  • Shoes that slip on and off easily.

Bring a Loved One the Day of Your Surgery

Having a friend or family member with you the day of your surgical procedure extends beyond having a reliable driver after your procedure. Having someone with you that you love and trust can help you to feel more at ease before and after your procedure.

Orthopedic Care & Rehabilitation Services in Bishop, CA

At Northern Inyo Healthcare District, our team of orthopedists and rehabilitation specialists take a holistic approach to care, focusing on you as a whole person rather than specific symptoms or conditions. Whether you’re suffering from aches and pains or mobility issues, we’re here to help improve your quality of life.

For more information about the orthopedic care and rehabilitation services at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2605.