How long should I plan to be at the surgery center?
For joint replacements it is estimated to take about 5 hours. For knee arthroscopies it is estimated to take about 2 hours.
How long is the actual procedure?
Knee scopes- 15-30 minutes. Knee and hip replacements: about 1 hour. Knee and Hip revisions: about 2 hours.
Where can I get my pre-op labs and EKG done?
Anywhere that works best for you. Some PCP offices can complete these. If not, any outpatient facility can compete the orders
How long should I take off work?
Recommended time for knee scopes is at least 2 weeks. Recommended time for knee or hip replacements is 6-8 weeks.
If I need bilateral replacements, when is it safe to proceed with the second procedure?
We recommend 3 months after the first procedure
What kind of anesthesia will I get?
Replacements- spinal. Scopes- General and local anesthesia.
What time do I arrive for surgery?
If you are scheduled at landmark surgical suites, they will call you a few days prior to tell you a time. If you are scheduled at Norton or Baptist, our office will call you a few days prior to tell you a time.
Do I need someone to drive me to surgery?
Yes, you will need someone to take you to surgery and pick you up.
Does someone call me from the facility to tell me about my medications?
Yes, a nurse from our anesthesia department will call with information regarding your medications and when to stop them.