Preparing for Surgery with Dr. Frank McCormick

Dear Patient:

We are honored you decided to have Dr. McCormick perform your surgery. We are all deeply committed to your recovery and making this process as enjoyable as possible. This packet should provide you with information to help minimize any confusion or anxiety regarding your upcoming surgery. We realize that surgery is a stressful time, and we will do our best to get you through this difficult period in your life with as few problems as possible.

Preoperative medical clearance may be necessary prior to surgery. Dr. McCormick will provide you with instructions prior to surgery if this is the case. Either Dr. McCormick or another physician must determine that you are “medically fit” to undergo your surgery. Your doctor will talk to you, examine you, and probably do some pre-operative testing, including an EKG, to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. In some instances with patients with significant medical conditions one may obtain a letter specifying that you “are medically cleared” to have surgery. The night before surgery, you should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight. If you have family with you when you go to surgery, the family may wait in the waiting room. Sometimes patients are unable to return immediately home. Often this decision is based on safety concerns. In these cases, patients will either go to a hotel, have a nurse monitor them in their home, or stay overnight. If any problems should arise, you are to contact Dr. McCormick, or any of his professionally trained staff at (844)-954-7627 (AVAILABLE 24/7). Dr. McCormick’s cell phone is (617) 803-5832 .We wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.

 

Frank McCormick, MD

 

PRE-OPERATIVE CHECKLIST:

  • Diabetic Patients: Do not take insulin or oral diabetic medications the morning of surgery.
  • Take only prescribed medications for Blood Pressure, Acid Reflux, Asthma, Psychiatric, and Cardiac conditions the morning of surgery with a small sip of water.
  • All Asthma patients must bring their inhalers.
  • NPO – Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the scheduled surgery. No water, food, gum, candy mints, coffee, etc.
  • No smoking or chewing tobacco after midnight, the night before scheduled surgery.
  • Brush teeth, rinse but do not swallow the water.
  • Patient may not drive themselves home. You must have a ride home provided by a family member, friend, or other responsible adult. We can provide transportation if necessary make arrangements for a responsible adult to stay with you for 24 hours after the surgery to provide physical support while you are recovering.
  • All Patients: If you are having an upper body surgical procedure, please wear a loose button up short sleeve shirt. If you are having a lower body surgery, please wear above the knee shorts or skirt. Please dress comfortably.
  • Shower the night before and the morning of your scheduled surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup, cologne, lotion, powder, jewelry or any body piercings.
  • Patients having upper body surgeries should not wear deodorant
  • Do not glue in dentures the morning of surgery. Dentures and contact lenses are to be removed before surgery.

    Common Inquiries:

  •  Bruising: An expected occurrence following any surgical procedure.
  • Swelling: This is normal following any surgical procedure. The swelling may gravitate down the entirety of the arm, including the hand and feet. This is especially common in arthroscopic procedures, where clear fluid is used to flush the area during the surgery to ensure a clear visual.
  • Ice Packs/ Heat Pads: It is our experience that icing following a surgical procedure helps to alleviate some of the discomfort. Icing is very useful to help with inflammation. Following your procedure, you may ice your joint as often as you wish. Once you have begun to rehabilitate your joint, you may choose to alternate between heat and ice. Heat relaxes the muscles, allowing for an easier stretch. It is always good to stretch following a hot shower for this reason. Following your exercises, placing an ice pack on your shoulder may help to decrease any inflammation that may have occurred. There is no specific regimen on how often one should ice or heat.
  • Sleeping: It has been told to us by previous patients, that a reclining chair offers the most comfortable position to sleep in. This is information that we gladly pass on to our patients in an effort to make your post-operative period as comfortable as possible. However, this is not required for the surgery. If your procedure requires the use of a immobilizer, this must be slept in.
  • Showering: –Arthroscopic Surgeries: Two (2) days following the surgery, you may remove your bandage and place waterproof band-aids over the incisions. You may shower at this point, carefully dry the operated area and replace the band-aids. –Open Surgeries: Please do not get the incision wet until 3 days following the surgery.
  • Additional Questions: If there are any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you need a prescription refill, please call prior to Friday to ensure that we are able to accommodate you.