Pre-operative Information - Information related to your medical past
Before your surgery, many people will be asking for your medical history. You may feel that you are answering the same questions over and over again, but this is necessary to meet quality assurance and medical insurance guidelines. If you have everything written down, you can reduce your frustration and speed the process.
Be sure to include the following information:
- A designated family member or a friend who will be the primary contact to receive information from us and then pass it on to the rest of the family if you wish.
- A list of all the doctors you currently see and your reasons for seeing them. Provide names, addresses, and phone numbers.
- A list of medical conditions and all previous operations, including those that are not bone-and-joint related operations.
- A list of all the medications you currently take on a regular basis. Copy the name of the medication, the dosage and the frequency (daily, twice a day, etc.) from the prescription bottle. Don't forget to include vitamin and mineral supplements or other over-the-counter medications you take regularly. Your doctor may advise you to stop taking certain medications or supplements a week or two before your surgery.
- A list of any allergies or adverse reactions you've had to drugs or anesthesia in the past. Provide the name of the drug, why you were taking it, a description of your reaction and when this happened.
- Any dietary restrictions you have.
- Any health problems you have, such as diabetes, asthma and heart conditions.
- Information about your insurance coverage, including the name of the insurance company, the plan or group number and contact information. Be sure to bring your insurance cards to the clinic with you.