Before Surgery

What to Expect

Depending on the type of surgery you will be having, you will be scheduled at either the Surgi-Center of Winchester (as an outpatient) or Winchester Medical Center (if you require admission after surgery).

Surgi-Center:

  • You may be asked to have lab work, x-rays, an MRI and/or an EKG. If these tests were done at a facility other than Winchester Medical Center, please inform us where these were done so we may obtain the results.
  • After your surgery, your physician may want you to utilize some type of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) such as a brace, sling or walking boot. You will be fitted for these items and taught how to use them.
  • If you are having surgery on your leg or foot, please check with your surgeon to see if you need crutch training. Make sure to practice using crutches before surgery and bring them with you to the Surgi-Center. Make your home safe for crutches (i.e., rearrange furniture, move area rugs, etc.)
  • You will be called the day before surgery with the time you will need to arrive for surgery and other specific instructions.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Drink extra fluids the day before surgery.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not EAT or DRINK anything after MIDNIGHT the night before your surgery. It is possible that your procedure would have to be canceled if these instructions are not followed.
  • Please call our office immediately if you become ill or are otherwise unable to keep your surgery appointment.

Day of Surgery

  • Take appropriate medications as instructed by your pre-op nurse with a small sip of water.
  • Leave valuables and all jewelry at home.
  • Bring insurance cards, case for glasses or contacts, and prescriptions.
  • An IV will be placed so medications can be given before, during, and after surgery.
  • The anesthesiologist will discuss your health history and anesthesia options and risks.

Winchester Medical Center:

  • Prior to surgery at Winchester Medical Center, you will be scheduled for a pre-admission testing appointment. During this appointment, you may require lab work, x-rays, and an EKG. The hospital will then send the results to your surgeon’s office prior to surgery.
  • You may be required to obtain Medical Clearance from your Primary Care Physician. Please schedule this appointment
  • If you are scheduled for either a total hip replacement or total knee replacement, you will receive specific information to review. Winchester Medical Center offers total joint classes where the Physical Therapy Department and nursing staff are available to meet with you. Our office will provide you with a specific date and time to attend this class.
  • You will be called the day before surgery with the time you will need to arrive for surgery and other specific instructions.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not EAT or DRINK anything after MIDNIGHT the night before your surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • Generally, you will be asked to arrive at the hospital two (2) hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. Please keep in mind road conditions during the winter months and plan appropriately.
  • Upon arrival in a patient care area, you will be prepared for surgery and a physical assemssment will be performed.
  • You will be taken to a holding area. The anesthesiologist will discuss your health history and anesthesia options and risks. An IV may be placed so medications can be given before, during, and after surgery. Your operative site will be scrubbed.
  • You will then be taken to an operating room.

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