CU Sports Medicine works collaboratively to treat, operatively and non-operatively, all sports medicine conditions no matter how complex or otherwise, that results in the best outcome for the patient.
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Preparing for Your Appt
Preparing for Surgery
We want your visit with us to be as simple as possible. To save time the day of your appointment, review the forms below to see what you'll need—then print them out and bring them along. Just note that different forms are required for different locations and procedures.
If you're visiting our clinic in Boulder...
If you're visiting our clinic in Denver...
Patients should bring:
- Your most recent health insurance card and driver’s license.
- Athletic shorts for hip or knee evaluation.
- Women should bring a tank top for shoulder evaluation.
- Imaging of the joing being evaluated. We strongly recommend burning the images to a CD and bringing it into the office. Dr. Mei-Dan’s patients should try to drop off imaging a week in advance. Note that repeat imaging may still be needed.
- If you’re had previous surgery or treatment on the joint in question, bring outside records where possible, including operative reports, operative photos, rehabilitation protocol for recent surgeries. Records can be faxed ahead of time or brought in the day of the appointment, but allow the staff time to load the imaging and review the notes.
New patients should bring a patient intake form or a list of current medications, allergies, medical conditions, previous surgeries, and family medical history of first degree relatives. They should also bring a HIPAA notice and a radiology waiver if visiting the Boulder clinic. If you don't bring the form, arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
Returning patients should bring the returning patient intake form and should arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment time (30 minutes for Dr. Mei-Dan’s patients). Allow for one hour of time in the clinic for additional paperwork, imaging review, and arrangement for further treatment (Dr. Mei-Dan’s patients will need two hours).
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy.
Review these handouts before your surgery:
Arrange to have someone drive you to and from surgery and stay with you that night to help with medications, meals, etc. You should arrange for crutches ahead of time if necessary (you can find them at King Soopers, etc), and plan to have ice available. Your surgeon will request an ice machine for you to rent or purchase. A representative from the ice machine company will call you to review associated costs and instructions. Due to varying insurance coverage, you are responsible for confirming or refusing the ice machine after the rep has called. You can review a few brands below:
Schedule a follow-up appointment in the CU Sports Medicine office 6-12 days after your surgery and a physical therapy appointment 3-5 days after surgery (best to do this ahead of time). You can attend therapy at a location of your choice, and we're happy to make recommendations.
Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, and arrive 1.5 hours beforehand (or as directed by a scheduler, who will call you that week).
When you arrive, you’ll sign a consent for surgery and have a chance to ask any questions. A member of the surgical team will mark the operation site (so don’t do so yourself!), and you will likely receive prescriptions for pain and anti-inflammatory medications.
An intravenous catheter (IV) will be started in your arm and you’ll receive antibiotic medication through that IV to prevent infection. You’ll speak with an anesthesiologist about going to sleep for surgery.
Surgery time vary but will be discussed beforehand. You’ll wake up in the recovery room and will stay there until the pain is controlled and you are alert enough to return home (usually 1-2 hours).