• UK Center for Cartilage Repair and Restoration

    General pre-operative (before surgery) instructions

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    Before the surgery:

    • Understand why you are having the surgery done. If you have questions, ask these questions between now and the day of surgery. You can either contact Dr. Lattermann's office or write your questions down and ask them the day of surgery.
    • Assemble your medical information and make a list of your medications, medical conditions and allergies.
    • Discontinue the use of Aspirin, Bayer, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medicines two weeks prior to surgery. If you are taking Celebrex you can take it up to one week before. Tylenol is no problem and can be taken up to the day of surgery.
    • If you live alone, make arrangements to stay with somebody and have somebody bring you home from surgery.
    • If you do the cooking, make double batches in advance or stock up on ready-made foods that you enjoy.
    • Consider putting a chair into the shower or a seat into your bathtub.
    • If you anticipate the use of crutches for several weeks, make arrangements for a parking permit before the surgery. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to get the form.

    The day before the surgery:

    • You will be called by the surgery center the day before your surgery to tell you where to go on the day of surgery and when to be there. If you do not get a phone call by 4 p.m., please contact us immediately.
    • Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery.  

    The day of surgery:

    • No breakfast or drinks in the morning.  
    • Take your normal prescription medicine in the morning with a sip of water unless otherwise instructed.
    • Bring your list of medications and your list of questions.
    • Have your driver accompany you at the time of check-in.

    After surgery:

    After the surgery, you will be in the recovery room for 30-45 minutes. While you are waking up, Dr. Lattermann will already have talked to your family in the waiting room. Dr. Lattermann likes to talk to his patients personally prior to discharge. Please understand that he may be in the operating room with another patient when you are ready to be discharged. Please be patient; he will come and talk to you.

    Please contact us immediately after your surgery to arrange for the post-operative appointment.

    Dr. Lattermann usually sees post-operative patients on Tuesdays in the week following the surgery. You should have an appointment card.

    Check with your doctor to make sure these instructions apply to your case.