Several days to a week prior to surgery you will undergo pre-op labs and possibly an EKG and/or a chest X-ray depending on your age and any other medical issues you may have. Your surgeon may request medical clearance by your primary care physician and/or other specialists involved in your care.
You may need to visit your primary care provider or specialist several weeks prior to surgery. They may require other preoperative workups or tests. The CCAOS surgical scheduling team will help to coordinate whatever preoperative needs you have prior to your surgery. These preoperative labs and tests are necessary to make your anesthesia and surgery as safe as possible.
Your surgeon may ask to see you a few days before the procedure to review everything and answer any further questions you may have. Usually at that visit you will sign a surgical consent after your surgeon describes all the risks and benefits of the procedure and answers all of your questions.
** Please do not hesitate to call CCAOS if you have any questions. Though this can be a very stressful process for the patient, joint replacement surgery is a routine process for us. We understand that patients will have questions and we are standing by ready to provide any information requested.**