Dr. Jurek is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder surgery as well as sports medicine. She has focused fellowship training in both specialities.
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GENERAL POSTOP INFORMATION
After General Anesthesia
1. Do not drive, operate machinery, consume alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers, make important personal or business decisions, or sign legal documents for 24 hours or as long as you are taking narcotic pain medication.
2. Do not plan on going to work or school on the day of surgery; go home and rest.
3. Begin with clear fluids and light foods and then progress your diet as tolerated. It is usually best to avoid heavy, greasy, or spicy food on the day of surgery.
4. Narcotics cause constipation, so increase the amount of fluid (especially water), fiber and fruit in your diet. Some over-the-counter medications to prevent or treat constipation are Metamucil, Citrucel, Colace, Docusate Sodium, and probiotics. You can also drink warm prune juice. In the event that you are constipated after surgery, over-the-counter liquid magnesium citrate, taken as directed, can be used.
5. It is important to eat some food every time you take narcotic pain medications (even in the middle of the night). If you don’t, you are more likely to have nausea. Usually a few crackers, applesauce, or a banana will suffice.
6. Some anesthetics can cause urinary retention. If you are having trouble emptying your bladder or have not urinated for eight hours after the anesthetic please call Dr. Jurek at 206.386.9668.
7. You can always reach Dr. Jurek any time of the day or night by calling 206-386-2600. After hours, the answering service will page Dr. Jurek.
1. Oral narcotic pain medication has been prescribed for the first few days. Use only as directed. Do not combine these medications with alcoholic beverages. We recommend that you take your pain medications routinely the first 24 hours. Mild dizziness is not unusual with these medications. Be careful when walking and climbing stairs. Do not drive while taking narcotic pain medications. Narcotic pain medications can be dangerously addictive; try to reduce your intake and wean off of them as soon as reasonably possible.
2. It is best to take the pain medication at the earliest sign of pain instead of waiting for it to worsen. The medication works best if swelling is kept to a minimum; elevation of the operative extremity and/or icing usually help diminish swelling.
3. If you are running low on your medication please contact Dr. Jurek Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm at 206-386-9668, select option 1, 3, then 1 and ask for Dr. Jurek's assistant, Nathan. If you wait until the end of the day you may not get a refill that day. Please do not wait until Friday afternoon, as we may not be able to fill your prescription until Monday. Over the weekend, the on-call physician WILL NOT CALL IN MEDICATION REFILLS. By law, all narcotic prescriptions must be hand-signed by your doctor and cannot be called into a pharmacy; you will need to have someone pick up a written prescription.
4. You may be prescribed Zofran for postoperative nausea. If you are feeling nauseated, place the tablet on your tongue and allow it dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
5. You may be prescribed Aspirin as a postoperative blood-thinner. If you usually take Aspirin daily, you may resume taking it the day after surgery.
Symptoms to report immediately
1. Excessive bleeding or drainage, especially bright red bleeding that soaks all the way through your dressing (some bleeding or pinkish drainage is common).
2. Excessive swelling not relieved by rest, elevation, and ice.
3. Excessive or unbearable pain (unable to sleep, eat, or hold a conversation)
4. Itching accompanied by hives, welts, or a rash, which may be an allergic reaction.
5. Flu-like symptoms (nausea, general body aches, chills, or a temperature over 101 degrees) for longer than 24 hours; these may be a sign of infection.
6. If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain CALL 911.
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