A. The Consultation/Appointment

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation or appointment, please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuelson. Your appointment will be held in a comfortable and confidential environment

During the appointment, you may wish to discuss your reasons for the surgery and desired outcome. Dr. Sameulson will discuss your medical history. This includes:

    • Medical Conditions
    • Drug Allergies
    • Previous Surgeries
    • Family History
    • Current Medications

Dr. Samuelson will evaluate your general health and determine if you are at an increased risk for Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Samuelson will discuss your options and make recommendations based on your medical history. Dr. Samuelson will consider all other options before surgery. Finally, he will review the risks and potential complications that may arise during your surgery.

B. Scheduling Your Surgery

We will go through our scheduling process alongside you at Tri-State Specialists. You can expect to receive two to four calls from our office prior to the day of surgery.

You may be asked to come to our center to meet with a pre-anesthesia nurse, or to have blood work or other tests done to prepare for surgery. During the pre-surgery visit or phone call, we’ll gather information about your current health status so that we can better meet your needs when you arrive for surgery. We’ll also review important pre-surgery instructions.

C. Pre-Surgery Visit

Bring the following with you on surgery day:

(a) Picture Identification
(b) Insurance forms and cards
(c) A list of medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking
(d) Any paperwork Dr. Samuelson has given you
(e) A copy of your advance directives or living will, or any necessary guardianship or power of attorney documentation
(f) A list of questions you have about your surgery or stay
(g) If you already know it, your arrival time and anticipated surgery start time

D. Pre-Surgery Call

 Have the following ready to share with the nurse:

(a) A list of medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking
(b) Your medical and surgical history
(c) A list of questions you have about your surgery or stay
(d) If you already know it, your arrival time and anticipated surgery start time

E. The Day Before Your Surgery

    • A nurse will call you to re-confirm your arrival time, anticipated surgery start time, and answer any questions you may have
    • After midnight the night before your surgery, do not eat or drink anything, including water
    • Do not drink alcohol in the 24 hours before surgery
    • f you develop a cold, fever, or other illness, notify you physician
    • If you suspect you may be pregnant, tell your physician
    • You will be asked to sign a consent form for the surgery, anesthesia, and other medical procedures. For minors, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form and provide any needed documents
    • Arrange for someone to drive or escort you home when it’s time to leave the hospital
    • If your physician gives you a prescription for pain medication for after your surgery, you’ll want to have it filled at your pharmacy so it’s ready for you at home.

F. Surgery Day

    • It’s important not to smoke on the day of your surgery
    • Shower and wash your hair using any special soap as directed
    • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes
    • Leave contact lens at home, if possible. If you’ll need your glasses to sign the consent form for surgery, do bring them.
    • Wear dentures without adhesive
    • Do not wear or bring jewelry or other valuables.

G. What about Anesthesia?

Most likely your surgeon will have discussed the type of anesthesia recommended for your particular surgery.

(a) General anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist. You will be asleep during the surgery.
(b) If you are to receive local anesthesia (administered to one particular part of your body), you are likely to first be given medication to help