Pre-Operative Instructions

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Preoperative Planning:

  • You may be required to have a preoperative clearance from your primary care provider. Dr. LaPrade and his team will decide and notify you. Medical Clearance and documentation must be obtained within 30 days of your surgery. Please see below under “Preoperative Clearance by Primary Care Provider” for more detail.
  • Generally, Dr. LaPrade recommends staying in Vail for 5 to 10 days after surgery. This varies depending upon the procedure(s) you undergo. This allows time for our team to monitor your progress, in addition to giving you adequate time to take advantage of our internationally recognized physical therapy program at Howard Head Sports Medicine (HHSM).  Some hotels offer discounted prices to patients of The Steadman Clinic (Click here to learn more: Here2Help Vail)
  • You are required to arrange a ride home to your accommodations the same day of surgery
  • Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes no water, coffee, mints or gum. You may brush your teeth on the morning of surgery.
  • Please discontinue any medications prior to your surgery, unless otherwise indicated by our team.
  • Please avoid all anti-inflammatory NSAIDs (ex. Ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) and aspirin 7-10 days prior to your surgery to reduce chance of excessive bleeding that can occur on these medications. Tylenol is fine to take up to the day of surgery.
  • If you are a smoker, it is highly encouraged to discontinue any tobacco use 6 weeks minimum prior to surgery. Smoking not only increases your risk of infection, but also delays bone growth and soft tissue healing.
  • Please discontinue caffeine prior to surgery. For those who have a caffeine addiction, and may have surgery scheduled later in the day we want you to not suffer from a caffeine headache preoperatively nor postoperatively.

Preoperative Visit:

Preoperative preparation is important in the overall success of your surgery and recovery. If no formal preoperative clearance is required from your primary care provider, you will undergo a formal preoperative visit in our clinic the day prior to your planned procedure.  During this visit, we will:

  • Discuss location and time of surgery.
  • Review your procedure(s) and obtain consent.
  • Perform a brief physical exam.
  • Obtain the necessary bloodwork.
  • Discuss postoperative medication regimens (including pain management, anticoagulants, anti-nausea, anti-constipation, etc.).
  • Receive a prescription for physical rehabilitation for when you return home.
  • Provide paperwork with postoperative care instructions.
  • Answer any other further questions or concerns, although we will be available throughout this entire process!

Preoperative Clearance by Primary Care Provider (If Required):

Depending upon your current health and medical history, you may be required to obtain a preoperative clearance by your primary care physician within 30 days of your surgery. This may be required if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Over the age of 65
  • Heart, Lung, Liver or Neurologic Condition
  • Diabetes
  • Personal or Family History of Blot Clots or Blood Clotting Disorders
  • History of Complications under Anesthesia
  • History of MRSA

*Please notify us if you have any of these conditions at your first clinical evaluation.

The Day of Your Surgery:

  • Both the inpatient and outpatient surgery center are located in the main hospital at Vail Health (181 West Meadow Drive, Vail, CO 81657). Patient parking is available at Vail Health parking structure when entering from South Frontage Road, or at the West end of Vail Health when entering from West Meadow Drive. Both locations offer valet parking to patients.
  • Vail Valley Surgery Center admissions is on the 3rd Take the elevator (bank of 3 elevators) to “3R”. The surgery center will be located on the right hand when exiting.
  • Vail Health surgery – You will check-in at Admission on the first floor of Vail Health. When check-in is completed you will be directed to Vail Health preoperative area on the 3rd
  • Food and drinks are available on the basement level at Vail Health’s Remedies Café. Using the bank of 3 elevators, the café can be found on level B.

The Day After Your Surgery:

  • At 7:30 am the day after your surgery, our team will meet you at your first physical therapy session at Howard Head Sports Medicine (HHSM) located on the 1st floor of Vail Health. Physical therapy early on in your recovery is crucial to improved outcomes postoperatively.
  • During this visit, you will:
    • Undergo dressing changes.
    • Learn how to do daily living activites (bathing, etc.).

*You may be asked to have postoperative xrays taken at The Steadman Clinic after your physical therapy session has been completed.

  • LaPrade advises patients to rest for the first 24 hours after surgery to minimize swelling and bleeding. It is also recommend you follow the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).