How Do I Prepare For Rotator Cuff Surgery?
To prepare for rotator cuff surgery, it is important to speak with your physician. You should talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements that you take including non-prescription medications.
Two weeks before the surgery, you may have to stop taking all blood thinners including Advil and Aspirin. There are some medications that you may still be allowed to take on the day of your surgery. Your surgeon may ask to speak with your primary care physician or other health care providers prior to the surgery.
If you currently consume an excessive amount of alcohol or smoke regularly, it is a good idea to try to stop. Smoking can slow down the healing process. Your doctor should offer you resources to help with this. It is important to tell your doctor if you develop a cold or some other form of illness the day of your surgery. Your physician may want to postpone your surgery until you are feeling better.
On the day of the surgery, you will need to stop eating or drinking several hours prior to the surgery. Be sure to take any pre-surgery medication that was prescribed to you and arrive on time for your surgery.