Preparing for Surgery
Once you have scheduled your surgery, preparing yourself physically and mentally are important for a healthy recovery. Here are a few steps to help you get ready for your surgery.
Preoperative Education Classes
Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides classes to assist patients and families in preparing for surgery. These classes are designed to provide information on the surgery, the postoperative course and rehabilitation after hip surgery. During class, the surgical procedure will be discussed, you will have the opportunity to see an example of a prosthesis and ask questions about your surgery and hospital stay. You are strongly urged to attend class.
These classes can be booked by calling The Joint Center at 617-243-5155. Check with your surgeon's office for more information.
Surgery Pre-Registration and Pre-Surgical Assessment
Before you come to the Hospital for surgery, you must complete your pre-registration. Please complete your registration by phone at 617-243-6122 or when you arrive at the Hospital the day of your surgery. The most convenient option for you is to complete your pre-registration before you arrive at the Hospital for your procedure.
Depending on the type of insurance you have, you may be responsible for a co-pay for your surgical procedure. The amount will vary depending on your insurance provider. A Newton-Wellesley Hospital staff member from the Admitting Department will be contacting you to determine the best way to take care of your co-payment.
Once your surgery has been scheduled, your surgeon's office will arrange a pre-admission screening appointment. This visit will be scheduled as many as four weeks before your surgery. This is a separate appointment from your visit with your surgeon or PCP. During your appointment, you will meet staff from different departments including Anesthesia, Nursing and Physical Therapy. The purpose of this visit is to make sure you are fully prepared for your surgery.
The average pre-admission visit is about two to three hours long.Please call to pre-register for this appointment at 617-243-6122. Please eat before this visit and take your regular medications.
The nurse will:
You will also have any testing your physician has ordered. This may include lab tests, an EKG and a chest X-ray. In some situations, patients are advised by their physician to have their own blood available prior to surgery. If so, this may require separate appointments at the Blood Bank.
The physical therapist will:
An anesthesia nurse practitioner or anesthesiologist will evaluate your medical and surgical history. The clinician will then explain the anesthesia and pain control options available to you. Be sure to tell them about any pain medicines that have worked or not worked for you in the past.
Preparing Yourself Mentally
Having surgery can be stressful. Learn as much as you can about the surgery. Share this information with family members and friends who will be involved in helping you with recovery. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from others during your recovery.
You will receive a phone call from a case manager about a week prior to your scheduled surgery. At this time, she will discuss options for discharge after your hospital stay. Many patients are able to return directly home after hospitalization and receive services from a home-care agency. However, some patients will need additional time in an extended-care facility to achieve their goals. Your eligibility for care in an extended-care facility and/or home-care services is determined by a number of factors including physical need and insurance coverage. Your insurance company must authorize any services. Your health care team will work with you to make the decision that is right for you.