The following is what can be expected prior to surgery to treat a compound injury:
Examinations: X-rays will be taken and a CT scan or MRI may also be needed to identify the extent of the injury and damage.
Skin preparation: Night prior to and morning of operation, patient is required to wash leg with a sponge provided in the pre-admission clinic. Betadine Skin test is occasionally used if there is suspicion of an allergy to iodine.
Bowel Prep: Glycerin suppositories will be provided at the pre-admission clinic. Patient to is required to administer the evening prior to surgery (instruction leaflet given at the pre-admission clinic).
Patient education: Physiotherapy assessment will include: instruction of gait training, use of crutches and pre and postoperative exercises. Patient will be fitted for crutches to take home and practice preoperatively.
Medications: Cease aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications 10 days prior to surgery as well as any naturopathic or herbal medications.
Day of Surgery:
Surgical paperwork will be administered by the nurses and the anaesthetist will meet with the patient to ask a few questions.
A hospital gown will be given and the operation site will be shaved and cleaned.
Betadine skin prep will be applied to above area and wrapped.
All x-rays are to be sent with patient to theatre.