Preparing for Surgery2016-11-28T23:16:34+00:00

Dr. Wolff performs approximately 7 hip arthroscopy surgeries per week as this injury/surgery comprises the majority of his practice. Here are some tips to follow as you prepare for your surgery. The surgery packet given to you at the time of scheduling will outline more specific details. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Wolff’s assistant at DrWolff.MA@wosm.com.

Things to know before surgery

The scheduled surgery times appointed to you by your physician’s office might be subject to change. If a change occurs, someone will contact you prior to surgery.

You must have a friend or relative drive you home after surgery. Taxis or transportation services are not allowed unless a friend or relative is with you.

You must have a responsible adult stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.

There are several informative videos you should watch prior to your surgery in order to set expectations and ensure a successful recovery, please click here to view them.

Week before

You should schedule your first post-op PT appointment prior to surgery to ensure no scheduling conflicts.

7-10 days before surgery discontinue any blood thinning medications, garlic supplements, prescription or over the counter diet pills and herbal supplements. If you are not sure if you should discontinue a medication/pill please contact the surgery facility. You should continue any other medications prescribed for other health reasons such as for heart or blood pressure. These medications may be taken the morning of surgery with a small sip of water.

If you would like to get your post-op prescriptions filled prior to surgery, please contact Dr. Wolff’s assistant at DrWolff.MA@wosm.com and let her know. Please include your pharmacy information in this email.

Please be sure to complete the hip status survey that will be emailed to you prior to your surgery. Please contact Dr. Wolff’s research assistant at hipstudy.wolff@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Day before

Do not eat or drink after midnight (12 a.m.) prior to surgery.

You must have watched the “Crutch Training” videos prior to your surgery, please make sure you do this before arriving at the surgery center. If you have any questions regarding crutching technique after watching these videos, please contact Dr. Wolff’s assistant.

Nursing staff from the surgery facility will contact you prior to surgery. If you have not been contacted within 24 hours of your surgery, please call the appropriate facility and/or Dr. Wolff’s medical assistant at 202-787-5601 ext 616 or email at DrWolff.MA@WOSM.com.

Day of

Take the medications that have been cleared to be taken the morning of surgery with a very small sip of water.

  • If you are diabetic please DO NOT take your insulin but bring it with you the day of surgery. If you are diabetic please contact the surgery facility for special instructions.
  • If you have a history of migraines and take medication for them please bring your medication with you.
  • If you are unsure of instructions regarding your medications please contact the surgery facility for special instructions.

It is a good idea to bring your post-op medications with you the day of surgery, however this is not required. If you have a longer car ride home following surgery, you should bring the post-op pain medication with you.

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.

Remove make-up and nail polish.

If you wear contact lenses please either leave them at home or bring your case and solution with you.

Leave all valuables at home including all jewelry.