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Planning Your Surgery

Below you will find preoperative instructions and information.

General Preoperative Instructions

After you have a surgery date

If you are having surgery at Rush University Medical Center, you must see a Rush primary care doctor within 30 days of your surgery. There is a list of doctors willing to see you for your preoperative clearance in this section. Please contact their offices to schedule that appointment.
If you are having surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital, you can schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor within 30 days of your surgery to have your preoperative physical and lab work completed (Don’t wait until the last minute so we have time to repeat labs if necessary). If you see your doctor, it is your responsibility to make sure all labs and paperwork gets to our office 1 week prior to your surgery.
  • Bring the pre-operative orders with you to the appointment and have the doctor fax the results to Dr. Romeo’s office at 708-409-5179.
  • If you see a Cardiologist for your heart, you will need to make an appointment with them to get cardiac clearance. Just have the doctor fax the physical and clearance to Dr. Romeo’s office at 708-409-5179.
  • If you take Coumadin (warfarin) for your heart or for blood clots, make sure to discuss when you should stop the medication before surgery with your cardiologist / primary care doctor. Also discuss when you can resume the medication after surgery.
  • You should stop smoking and drinking alcohol before, during, and after you surgical procedure to increase your healing potential.

1 week prior to surgery

  • Stop taking any aspirin or aspirin-like products (Baby Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, St. John’s Wort, Mobic, etc). If you have questions about whether one of your medications is an aspirin-like medication, please give us a call.
  • Go to the drug store and purchase a small roll of bandage tape and a small box of 4×4 gauze for dressing changes after surgery and a bottle of Hibiclens soap.
  • If you are currently on Vicodin, Norco, Darvocet, or another narcotic medication, decrease the use or stop taking it at this time. We use these types of medications to manage your postoperative pain. All medications that should be stopped before surgery are listed here.

Night before surgery

  • DO NOT EAT or drink anything after midnight or your surgery could be canceled. You may have a sip of water with your medication. Take only the medications that your doctor or the hospital nurse says it is okay to take
  • Make a list of your current medications, past surgical procedures and medical problems to bring with you the morning of surgery. This information will be for the anesthesia team.
  • Take a shower or bath the night before or morning of surgery.
  • Outpatient surgery: Make arrangements for someone to come with you to your surgery. You will need someone to drive you home. The expected wait time will be about 6 hours from the time you arrive at the hospital until the time of discharge. Hailey Casebolt PA-C or Allison Terry PA-C will talk to your family members after surgery.
  • The hospital will contact you the evening (3-6pm) before surgery to tell you what time to report to the hospital. If you haven’t heard from them by 6pm, call RUSH at 312-942-5040, or Oak Park Hospital at 708-383-9300. Do not call any earlier because the schedule will not be available.
Dr. Romeo and his team look forward to helping you get back to doing the things you love.

Dr. Romeo and his team look forward to helping you get back to doing the things you love.

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