Pre-op & Post-op Instructions

PRE-OP
Outpatient and Inpatient


The hospital/surgery center will notify you when and where to arrive both for pre-surgical testing and on the day of surgery. If medical clearance is needed, patients must see their primary care physician to obtain this information (a note will be sent to him/her to notify them of surgical plan).
Please arrive 1½ -2.0 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time to ensure that all paperwork is prepared and finished. Wear comfortable clothing. During this time, you will be prepared for surgery.
Please stop all aspirin or aspirin containing products one week prior to surgery. This includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Naprosyn, Motrin, and Aleve.
Please make sure you have a trustworthy adult/family member that we can give your post-surgical information to and drive you home after the procedure.
POST-OP
Outpatient Surgery Center or Hospital


For all Arthroscopic procedures/Outpatient

Dressings. Change them to band-aids in 48 hours. If a lower extremity procedure, then re-wrap with the ace bandage.
Use of extremity. Specific instructions will be given in your post-op orders. For the first 48 hours it is important to take it easy. You just had surgery and the body needs time to recuperate. Ice and elevate the extremity.
Follow-up. Patients will be seen one week after surgery. Your follow-up appointment will be made the same day that surgery is scheduled in the office. Subsequent appointments will be made on an individual basis.
Rehab. Patients may get a prescription for rehab prior to or after surgery, depending on the type of procedure performed. The majority of patients will do minimal rehab in the first post-operative week.
POST-OP
Inpatient and 23 ° Admit


Patients who undergo procedures that involve admission to the hospital will include those undergoing joint replacement, joint fusions or some reconstructions (multiple knee ligaments, complex procedures)
After surgery you will be taken to the medical/surgical floor. Blood may be drawn and more medication will be given either for prophylactic reasons or to continue your home regimens.
If a total knee replacement is performed, then a Continuous Passive Machine (CPM) will be started that same day.
The next morning physical and occupational therapy begins.
If you are scheduled to stay overnight, you will be discharged once you are medically stable and at the doctor’s discretion
For joint replacement patients and other major procedures, the length of stay depends on many variables. At the end of the stay, patients will either: go home with at home physical therapy or outpatient physical therapy or get transferred to a Rehabilitation Unit at a skilled nursing facility for better supervised therapy.
THE DOCTOR PERFORMS SURGERIES AT:

Aventura Hospital
www.aventurahospital.com
20900 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 682-7000
Surgery Center of Aventura
www.scaventura.com
20601 E Dixie Hwy #400
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 792-0323
Hallandale Outpatient Surgery Center
www.hbosc.com
306 E Hallandale Beach Blvd
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Phone: 954.458.1689
Coming soon: 
Memorial Regional Hospital
www.memorialregional.com
1150 N 35th St. 
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 987-2000

Biscayne Surgical Plaza


After Hours Care

When a patient calls the office they will be directed to either leave a message for the office or for the physician on call. If the matter is not of urgency, the physician will respond to the request in the morning.

No prescriptions will be filled outside normal office hours.

You may also choose to be seen in the emergency room and records of your care will be forwarded to us.



Prescription Policy

It is our office policy to refill all medications during office hours only. We must keep an accurate record of all medications prescribed to stay within statutes set by state and federal laws and prescribing guidelines. Therefore, when you notice you have only 3 days worth of medications remaining, please call your pharmacist with your prescription number, which is on the label. If you need another refill the pharmacist will contact us.

No prescriptions for narcotic medications will be filled for patients whose medical conditions are not well known to the physician on call. We will need 3 working days to refill your prescription in a timely manner. If you have problems or questions regarding your medications, please call our office directly.

No prescriptions will be filled outside normal office hours. Lost prescriptions are rarely considered to be an emergency. If you are in extreme pain, please go to your nearest emergency department or call 911.



Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your appointment, please notify our office within at least 24 hours. A fee will be charged for appointments not canceled within 24 hours. This includes canceled appointments, rescheduled appointments, and missed appointments (“no-shows”). Appointments may be canceled via telephone or website. The fee is $50.00 but is subject to change at the discretion of INSTITUTE OF SPORTS MEDICINE & ORTHOPAEDICS.

Please be aware that if your physician has to tend to an emergency, your appointment may be rescheduled. You will be notified as quickly as possible, so it is important that we have your correct contact information on file.