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Other Frequently Asked Questions

What medicines should I stop before surgery?

It is important to stop medicines that interfere with blood clotting two weeks before surgery. They include:

  • Herbs and supplements
  • Vitamin E
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory NSAID medicines, such as ibuprofen, naprosyn, aspirin and name brands such as Advil, Motrin, Celebrex, Mobic or Aleve. You can ask your family doctor or pharmacist if any of your medications are NSAID.

You may use Tylenol for pain before surgery.

If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin™, Xarelto™ or Plavix™, you will need to discuss with your surgeon and primary care doctor when it is safe to stop these medicines. In general, Coumadin™ should be stopped five days before surgery.

What should I bring to the hospital?

  • Loose-fitting clothing, such as bottoms with elastic waist bands or drawstrings and short-sleeved tops. The loose clothing will be helpful for therapy sessions and going home.
  • Slippers or soft, low-heel shoes with closed backs, such as sneakers or walking shoes
  • Any personal toiletries, books or magazines
  • CPAP machines, if necessary
  • Do not bring any valuables, money or jewelry.

Will I need to go to rehabilitation?

Everyone gets both physical therapy and occupational therapy while they're in the hospital (usually two times per day during their stay). Most people should go directly home after one or two days in the hospital and continue rehabilitation at home or in an outpatient setting.

if you need an inpatient rehabilitation stay, our social worker can arrange transportation to another facility through your insurance provider, pending its approval. Transfer papers will be completed by nursing staff. A physician from the rehabilitation unit will be caring for you in consultation with your surgeon. Expect to stay several days, based on your progress.

Upon discharge home, instructions will be given to you by the rehabilitation staff. Home care services and equipment will be confirmed or arranged upon discharge from the rehabilitation facility.

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