Preparing for Surgery & Procedure
You are scheduled to have surgery with a provider at Thunder Basin Orthopaedics. We exist to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve through compassion and excellence in patient care.
Assisting With Your Registration
The Pre-op nurse will call you 1-2 weeks before your surgery when time is allowed. She will need to know your health history and the current medications you are taking. She can answer any questions you may have about your surgery at that time.
The Admissions Department may also contact you for registration information. The registration clerk will request information to ensure proper billing. It is necessary for you to verify benefits with your insurance company. Payment of co-pays, deductibles and estimated patient portions are expected on the day of surgery.
To sign a legal surgical consent for a minor child or incapacitated adult you must fit one of these conditions:
- You are the parent
- Legal guardian (bring legal documents with you)
- If your child has been adopted, you must bring completed adoption papers.
- If foster child, arrangements must be made for the court-appointed person (usually case worker) to sign the consent. You must bring your court papers with you as well.
- Please call us ahead of time at 307-358-6200 if you have any questions.
Meeting Your Testing Needs
If your physician orders tests in preparation for your surgery, it is necessary that all of your testing be completed before the day of your scheduled surgery.
Pre-operative Phone Call
The Pre-op Coordinator will call you the day before your surgery with your arrival time and any final pre-op instructions including the time to stop eating and drinking (this includes gum, candy, water and chewing tobacco)
If you have cold or flu symptoms in the two weeks before your surgery, notify the pre-op coordinator.
Preparing For Your Arrival
Do not eat or drink anything after the time given to you by the Pre-op Coordinator the day before your surgery.
Please follow ‘Preparing for Surgery’ using “The pre-operative scrub” instructions (cards/soap packets can be picked up at the Pre-Op nurse’s office or the surgeon’s office.)
Please do not shave or mark the surgical area. The surgical nurse will mark the operative site before surgery and “clip” the area to ensure there are not any cuts from shaving. A nick or cut from shaving at home would be cause for surgery to be cancelled.
Have someone available to drive you home after your surgery. You will not be able to drive yourself. If you do not have an appropriate driver to take you home, your surgery will be cancelled.
Leave all jewelry, valuables and piercings at home. Do not replace piercings while in the surgery department. Please leave valuables and jewelry at home or with a loved one.
Knee surgery patients will have a bulky dressing, so please wear loose comfy pants or shorts. Shoulder surgery patients please be sure to wear a shirt that closes up the front.
Patients taking Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) or Furosemide (Lasix): please do not take the medication the day of surgery.
Patients taking blood pressure or heart medication: please take the day of surgery with a small sip of water.
If you take blood thinning medication such as Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix, Ticlid, be sure to let your doctor and the pre-op nurse know. The nurse will contact the prescribing doctor and get the ok for you to stop taking these medications before surgery.
If you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, (NSAIDs examples are Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Aleve, Actron, Orudis, Celebrex, and Ibuprofen) these should be stopped 10-14 days prior to surgery. If you take Aspirin due to a history of heart attack or heart surgery don’t stop taking your Aspirin until your doctor says it’s ok.
Also, if you are taking non-prescription diet medications or herbals stop taking these at least 7-10 days prior to your surgery/procedure.
Our goal is to make you are as comfortable as possible during and after your procedures. Pain is not the same for all patients and affects each person differently. It is important that you take an active role in your pain management by keeping staff informed of your comfort level.
Due to limited space, visitors are limited to one or two at a time at the discretion of the nurse. No one under the age of 13 is allowed in the patient care area.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
If you're having surgery at Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas Wy please call 307-358-7315 or 1-800-735-8303 ext. 1660.
If you are having surgery at Center of Surgical Excellence in Gillette Wy please call 307-682-1911
If you are having surgery at Mountain View Regional Hospital in Casper Wy please call 307-995-8132
If you are having surgery at Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland Wy please call 307-322-3636 ext. 2500