Patient Education

Every patient who comes to Jordan-Young Institute – whether for surgery or a follow-up examination following repair of a simple fracture – is treated with the utmost. As such, we never admit anyone into surgery without first explaining the procedure and outlining how the patient should prepare. You may only visit us for an outpatient procedure, or you may check into Sentara Leigh for a joint replacement operation. The surgeons and staff at Jordan-Young are here to assist you every step of the way.

Preparing For Surgery

Read our detailed Pre-Operative Patient Information.

Before an appointment for the operating room is made, your surgeon will require a complete physical examination of the affected limb or joint to determine exactly what is necessary. You may also be subjected to a number of other tests (bloodwork, EKG, etc.). It is important to inform your surgeon of any allergies and medications and supplements you are taking. You may be asked to stop certain meds before surgery.

On the night before your operation, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Refrain from alcoholic beverages and smoking. Arrive at the hospital about two hours before your scheduled operation so you can be properly prepped.

If you have an outpatient procedure schedule that requires anesthesia, your surgeon will advise you of the best course of action. You may only need a local that numbs the area to be operated on, or a general anesthesia that knocks you out for an extensive operation.

After Surgery

Read our detailed Post-Operative Patient Information.

Depending on your procedure, you may stay in recovery for a few hours, or you may be kept overnight for observation. For an arthroscopy of the knees or shoulder, recovery time is typically quicker as opposed to a hip or shoulder replacement. Regardless of your procedure, you should arrange to have a friend or relative drive you home.

It is important to follow all post-surgery instructions given to you by your surgeon when you are ready to go home. Some things to consider include:

  • Swelling – Watch for swelling of the affected area and apply ice to numb the pain. For lower joints, make sure you keep the feet/knee elevated often following surgery.
  • Bandages – You will be instructed on how to change dressings and keep them dry, as well as how to bathe post-surgery.
  • Mobility and Weight – Your surgeon will advise you on putting weight on the affected area, and whether or not you will be able to drive immediately.
  • Medication – Your surgeon will prescribe medication to relieve any pain. Follow the directions for taking any pills!
  • Rehab – Your surgeon will discuss your rehabilitation/physical therapy options. Jordan-Young Institute offers a Physical Therapy Center that may be used for follow-up care.
For more information on your joint replacement or other procedure, contact us today at 757-490-4802.