Dr Jaakkola’s Preoperative Instructions

  • Do NOT eat or drink ANYTHING for at least 8 hours prior to your surgery, unless instructed otherwise by your physician. Doing so will delay or cancel your surgery.  This is for your safety.
  • If you have been instructed to take your medications, then do so with only a sip of water.
  • You must have someone drive you both to and from the hospital/surgery center.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest the day before your surgery.
  • Let your physician know of any travel plans you have after surgery.
  • Do not bring any valuables with you to the hospital/surgery center. Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
  • You must remove all jewelry (including piercings) prior to surgery. Remove all make-up, nail polishes, and contact lenses.
  • Do not shave or cut nails on the operative extremity for at least 48 hours prior to surgery.
  • Notify your physician of any cuts, scrapes, or infections which develop on the operative extremity prior to your surgery. Also, notify your physician of any fevers, sore throat, ear ache, abdominal pain, or any other illness that develops prior to your scheduled surgery.
  • Most surgeries of the lower extremities require partial or no weight bearing for a period of time. Therefore, crutches or a walker is often needed.  If you have never used crutches/walker or are concerned about being able to use them properly, please let your physician know. Often, a quick visit to physical therapy before your surgery will solve this problem.

It is very important that you understand and follow these instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, please notify your physician.