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Pre-operation

Preparing for Surgery

Once you and Dr. Gerlinger determine that surgery will help you, you will need to learn what to expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best results afterward.

Prior to surgery, our team will schedule a medical examination to make sure you don't have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the outcomes. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, will need to be performed within 30 days of your upcoming surgery.

  • If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery will help decrease the stress you place on your new joint and more importantly decrease your risk for complications.
  • If you are taking anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen etc. or any medications such as Warfarin that may increase your risk of bleeding, you will need to stop taking them one week prior surgery. Please notify your ordering provider of the need to stop this medication.
  • You should quit smoking to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery