Within the last week or two prior to surgery, we will ask you to see us in the office for a final check prior to surgery. We will review your preparation and be sure all of your questions are answered, and finalize our management plan. Local patients have already been evaluated by Dr. Gross previously and will just need a final review by Lee Webb N.P.
We will ask you to purchase crutches, an Ice machine and a hip device kit for a reasonable price at this time if you don’t already have these. We will teach you how to use them. We will provide you with all of the prescriptions that you need after hospital discharge. We strongly recommend that you fill them in advance at Long’s pharmacy across the street from the hospital.
They keep all of the medications that we use in stock so it is convenient. Not infrequently, insurance companies create hassles and delays when you try to fill a prescription. Starting the process in advance insures that these insurance company gimmicks can be resolved before you are ready to leave the hospital. We want your discharge to run smoothly. In addition, it is important to realize that most narcotic prescriptions must be filled here in South Carolina; the law does not allow pharmacies in other states to fill them.
Out of state patients who I have only spoken to over the telephone, will undergo a full orthopedic evaluation. We will obtain up to date and specialized x-rays that allow us to accurately position your implants in surgery. We will answer all of your and your caregivers’ final questions at this time.
We see patients only at the Lake Murray Blvd office of Midlands Orthopaedics. It is located in the northwest suburbs of Columbia directly off of interstate 26. The Hospital that we use is Providence NORTHEAST (not main Providence), which is located on Gateway Corporate Blvd in the northeast Columbia suburbs off of interstate 77. It is about ½ hour drive from the office. When we perform outpatient surgery it is done at the Midlands Orthopaedics Surgery center adjacent to our main office near downtown Columbia on Blanding street, also about ½ hour from our northwest office.