Surgical Services

How are surgeries scheduled?

Surgical ServicesIf indicated, surgical options will be discussed during a clinic visit. Patients may decide during this visit to schedule surgery, or, after taking time to consider, call Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists to schedule the surgery.

Once the decision to schedule surgery is made, Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists staff including nurse clinicians and business office representatives will assist in scheduling the surgery. Nurse clinicians begin the education and preparation of patients. They will also help the patient to set a date and time for the surgery; and a representative of the business office will begin insurance pre-certification of the surgical procedure.

What will need to be done in preparation for surgery?

Each patient works with a Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists surgical care coordinator. These nurses provide education and coordinate the preparation of the surgical patient. Patients receive educational materials and support throughout the preoperative process. The educational process is tailored to meet individual patient needs.

Patients undergoing surgery will need a history and physical done by their family physician. Patients may also donate or have blood donated for them as they prepare for surgery. Other preparations may include; additional diagnostic testing, consultations with medical specialists or brace fittings.

The day before surgery, patients will complete surgery preparations, which will include diet restrictions.

The nurse clinician provides the details of these preparations and guides patients as they prepare for surgery.

When are patients admitted to the hospital?

Most patients are instructed to arrive at the hospital on the day they are scheduled for surgery. The nurse clinician or secretary will instruct patients on arrival times.

How long are patients hospitalized?

As part of the surgery discussion, the physician will give an estimate of the length of the hospitalization. However, discharge from the hospital is more dependent on the achievement of certain goals than an estimated number of days. These goals include pain management, tolerance of activity and an understanding of discharge teaching.

What may happen during hospitalization?

No two hospitalizations are alike. Physicians and nurse clinicians will describe what patients may expect while hospitalized. Additional information outlining the usual course of a hospital stay will be given to most patients.

What happens at the time of discharge?

Ordinarily discharge planning begins before admission to the hospital. The patient may be asked to fill out a discharge assessment form prior to surgery. This will aid the clinic and hospital staff in identifying patients who may require additional care after discharge. The additional care may include a transitional care facility, physical therapy, home care and/or home care equipment. The majority of patients will not require additional services and will be able to care for themselves after discharged.

What follow-up is required after surgery?

Just as no two hospitalizations are alike, follow-up varies with each surgery. The physician and staff will discuss the specific surgical follow-up required by the patient's surgery prior to the surgery and again at or near discharge. Patients may be seen at intervals for up to a year or more depending on the type of surgery performed.

When should the physician or clinic be contacted after surgery?

Patients should contact Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists physicians or staff at any time with questions or concerns following discharge from the hospital. During normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm) call (952) 946.9777 to speak with a care provider. After business hours (evenings, weekends and holidays) an on-call physician may be reached by calling the same number. Prescription refills, appointment scheduling and routine questions will only be handled during normal business hours.