Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute


Surgical Wellness clinic

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How we prepare you for surgery and recovery

If you're scheduled for an orthopedic surgical procedure, you may be sent to Novant Health Surgical Wellness to prepare for surgery and minimize risks of developing complications. During your visit, you will be seen by a care team including a doctor or advanced clinician, a nurse, and an anesthesiologist to ensure you are in the best physical condition to undergo surgery and to determine the type of anesthesia you will receive.

Contact us between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the phone numbers below to learn more. After hours, please contact your surgeon's office directly.

Preparing for your visit

What should I bring to my appointment?

You will need to bring the following:
    • An updated list of medications, including name, dosage, and how many pills you take at one time and how often each day. If possible, bring them in their original containers.
    • Information on any cardiac device you may have, such as implanted cardiac defibrillator or permanent pacemaker.
    • Any medical records you feel are important to documenting major medical evaluations you have had.
    • Your driver's license and insurance cards.

What can I expect during my appointment?

A provider will:
    • Gather a list of medications you take at home.
    • Take your medical history.
    • Perform a physical examination.
    • Discuss what medications you should or should not take right before or after your surgery.
    • Order any tests that may be necessary to make sure it's safe to proceed with surgery.
    • Discuss your planned surgery with an anesthesiologist.

Will you have enough information to know if I'm ready for surgery?

In most cases, if your medical records are complete and updated, your provider should have enough information to determine if you're ready for surgery.

How long will my visit be?

It will be around 1.5 hours and based on the time it takes to adequately obtain the necessary information to ensure you are medically ready for surgery.

Could my surgery be delayed for any reason?

In most cases, surgery will not be delayed. However, there are situations that can cause a delay. A common cold can make surgery less safe. Other tests may reveal that other conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are not as controlled as they should be. You may require additional treatment for these conditions before surgery can be scheduled.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

You should receive a phone call reminding you of your appointment and what to bring. You'll be asked who your current healthcare providers are so we'll be able to gather your medical records and we may ask you additional questions to enable us to better care for you.

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