Preparing for Surgery & Procedure
Preparing for Surgery
Our surgeons have surgical privileges at several facilities. Dr. Mahalek’s surgeries, as well as total joint replacements, are scheduled by nursing staff. All other surgeries are scheduled by our Surgery Coordinator who schedules the surgery to fit your schedule as well as the surgeon's.
Once you and the surgeon have decided that surgery is your best option, the Surgery Coordinator will meet with you. The Surgery Coordinator will assist in scheduling pre-operative testing and your pre-operative history and physical. They will also walk you through the surgery scheduling paperwork.
Your surgery may require you to have post-operative bracing, a sling, crutches, or other assistive devices. If you did not receive an item on the day you scheduled surgery, please call in to speak to a member of our Casting and Bracing Department.
We believe an informed patient who participates in his care has a better surgical outcome. Family members are also encouraged to participate in the pre-operative visit, especially those helping with your aftercare. You may view animated videos of your surgical procedure and education materials about your condition on this website.
The Surgery Coordinator can be reached at (308) 865-2570. The fax number is (308) 865-2508.
Will physical therapy be required after surgery?
Physical therapy may be required post-operatively and your surgeon will discuss that with you. Getting full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That is where pre-operative exercise, education, and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.
What are the risks associated with surgery?
As with any surgery, risks include, but are not limited to, reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure.
When can I return to daily activities?
This varies depending on the type of procedure undergone, and can range from a few days to a few months. Return to all activities, sports and exercise can take up to four to six months. Your doctor will advise you depending on your health condition.
Preparing for Procedure
If you are having an outpatient surgery, remember the following:
- Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours
- Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home
- The combination of anesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours
- If you had surgery on an extremity (leg, knee, hand or elbow), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain
- Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty in controlling the pain