As you prepare for surgery it is common to have many questions. This packet is provided to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions, and to help you prepare for a smooth and successful operative experience. Please feel free to contact Dr. Mazahery and his staff for any additional questions you may have.
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There are important steps to follow prior to your surgery to ensure you are prepared for your surgical procedure. Below is a list of things which need to be completed before your surgery date.
You will be given a prescription for labwork to be completed within 1 month prior to your surgery date. We recommend that you complete your pre operative labwork at the hospital as certain labs can only be performed at the hospital.
Please ensure the results of this labwork are faxed to Dr. Mazahery's office at 703-810-5420.
You may need medical clearance from your primary care physician within 1 month prior to your surgery date. Please ensure your medical clearance is faxed to Dr. Mazahery's office at 703- 810-5420.
You will need an appointment at the pre-operative department at the hospital to review your medical history in preparation for anesthesia. This pre-operative interview should be completed before your appointment for medical clearance with your primary care physician. This will ensure your labs are completed and available for your primary care physician to review. Call the hospital to schedule this appointment. Call Reston Hospital at 703-689-9005 option #1 or Fairfax Hospital at 703-970-6565.
During this time it is also important to consider the amount of time you will need off work after your procedure and discuss this with your employer. It is also important to plan ahead for what help you may need at home after surgery and discuss this with family and friends. Arranging this prior to surgery will help you be able to focus on your recovery post-operatively.
As your surgery date is approaching, review this checklist to ensure all the steps are completed.
If you are admitted to the hospital overnight you will be discharged home the day after surgery.
We employ a multi-modal pain management approach. We give you medications in the pre operative holding area prior to your surgery to help reduce post operative pain. You will also be given pain medications during surgery. You will be given oral narcotic medications post operatively as needed. We also utilize anti-inflammatories as needed for breakthrough pain.
We strongly encourage early mobilization after surgery to help with your recovery. Your first session of physical therapy will start on post-operative day #1. The physical therapist will help you mobilize safely. You will be shown techniques to get in and out of bed and chairs, how to use a walker, and mobilize in the hallway and stairs.
You may have a drain in your incision post-operatively to help prevent fluid from collecting at the surgical site. This is not used in every surgery, and is typically removed on post-operative day #1 or #2.
You may have a foley catheter placed in your bladder during surgery to help prevent urinary retention. This is typically removed on post-operative day #1 or #2.
You will have another session of physical therapy encouraging walking in the hallways and safety going up and down stairs.
We will arrange what devices you may need at home, such as a walker, and have them available for you to take with you.
You will be instructed what home medications to resume or discontinue. You will be given prescriptions for pain medication to take at home.
The amount of time you will be in the hospital depends on your individual surgery and post-operative recovery. Typical lengths of stay in the hospital are as follows: