Mark Schultzel, M.D.
- Patient’s Guide to Elbow Surgery
- Patient’s Guide to Hand Surgery
- Patient’s Guide to Knee Surgery
- Patient’s Guide to Shoulder Surgery
- Please take all insurance information and paperwork with you at the time of your surgery check-in. If pre-registration is required, you must do this 2 days in advance.
- On the day of your surgery, leave all valuables at home. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that will be easy to change into before you go home. Button-down shirts are recommended for shoulder procedures; baggy shorts are recommended for lower extremity procedure.
- The night before surgery, as well as the morning of surgery, you must shower. Please do not apply any lotions, perfume, or make-up for surgery. Please leave any jewelry off and at home.
- To prevent complications, you must not eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to your surgery. If anything has been ingested in that time, your surgery may be cancelled.
- If you are having surgery on a lower extremity and do not have walking support (i.e., crutches, walker), these will be provided to you at the surgery center the day of the procedure.
- Anesthesia occasionally causes nausea and vomiting. This can also be caused by the pain medication. If it is severe, medication can be prescribed to control the symptoms. An over-the-counter stool softener can be purchased if constipation occurs from pain medication. It is important and helpful to drink plenty of fluids.
- Please make an appointment to see your surgeon approximately 10-14 days after surgery. We recommend that you make this appointment as soon as you know your surgery date so that you have greater choice in appointment times.
- Keep your dressing dry until seen by the physician. Unless otherwise instructed, you will not need to change your dressing until seen by the doctor or physician assistant.
- You are permitted to shower, but try to keep your incision dry. Do not go swimming or soak in a bathtub/hot tub until seen by the doctor or physician assistant. Generally, depending on the progress of your healing, you will be able to soak in a tub or go swimming about 3 weeks after surgery.
- If you develop any redness, drainage (fluid leaking from your incision), bleeding, fever, increased pain, please call the office at 858-278-8300 for medical advice. A physician is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your concerns.
- If you develop any leg swelling, shortness of breath, chest pain or trouble breathing, please call 858-278-8300 immediately. Blood clots in the leg and lung can occur with surgery, and can be life-threatening.
- Do not use anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin unless cleared by your surgeon