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  • Treatment of hip and knee arthritis

  • Mini-incision total hip replacement

  • Minimally invasive total knee replacement

  • Revision hip and knee replacement surgery

  • Partial knee replacement

  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacment

Out of Town Patients

Thank you for choosing to have your surgery with us. We understand that in preparation for your surgery and recovery you will have many schedules to reorganize as well as many emotions going through your mind. In an effort to make this experience as easy and stress free as possible we have organized some important information for you. Helpful hints from our previous patients are also included in this packet.

Check List Time before surgery
Schedule Surgery Date About 3 months
Optional Blood Donation 1 month
Book Hotel 1-3 months
Book Transportation 1-3 months
Medical Clearance 7-2 days
Blood work/x rays 7-1 days
Hip class Anytime before surgery(typically same day as blood work)
Post op visits Prior to travel back home, at 1 month, 3 months, and 12 months

Booking a Surgical Date

Insurance Approval

This process is the most frustrating for our patients so we take care of it for you! Our office will contact your insurance company for authorization. Please do not call on your own for authorization. This often leads to confusion and denial of coverage. If you need a “procedure code” number in order to figure out your financial responsibility we can provide it for you.

The hospital, Dr. Su and the anesthesiologists all accept a different selection of insurance plans. This means you may have an insurance plan that Dr. Su accepts but that the hospital or anesthesiologist may not accept.

Important numbers for billing and insurance questions

Anesthesia Dept.   1-888-877-3850
Hospital Fees Sonia 1-212-774-2607
Dr. Su Jacqui 1-212-861-7040

Blood Donation

Blood loss is quite minimal after total joint replacement these days, and rarely is a blood transfusion necessary. We have expert anesthesiologists who work to keep your blood pressure low during surgery, minimizing the amount of blood lost during the surgery. About 1 pint of blood is lost during the course of surgery and immediately thereafter. If you can tolerate a pint of blood loss, you will not need a transfusion. If you need a transfusion after surgery and have not donated blood for yourself we have blood in our blood bank available for you.

Travel Information

If flying in from out of town you should make flight arrangements into LaGuardia Airport (LGA) or John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). It will be difficult to give you a definite date for you return flight so try to get a flexible return ticket home. The easiest way (although not the cheapest ~$40-$50) to get to HSS is to take a taxi. You should tell the taxi driver to take you to “70th street and the East River.” The main entrance to HSS is a little tricky. The hospital is located over the FDR drive and the entrance is not visible from the street on York Ave.

There are trains and buses into Manhattan that are also available.

The itinerary below is what most patients follow. Feel free to arrive earlier or stay later. Another alternative is to stay with family or friends for your recovery period.

ITEM NEEDED
Day 1 Arrive in NYC/clearance
Day 2 Clearance, labs, class (or day 1)
Day 3 Surgery
Day 4-6 Hospital
Day 7 Hotel/physical therapy
Day 8 Hotel/physical therapy
Day 9 Visit before you leave town
Day 30 1st post-op appointment

Hotel Information

Here is the link for accomodations in New York City.

www.hss.edu/neighborhood-directory.asp#1

Visiting Nurse/ Physical Therapy

After surgery you will be visited by a case worker who will discuss your options for post operative care. Home care will be set up for you once you return to your home. If you have staples to close your incision, a visiting nurse will come to your home to remove them about two weeks after surgery. While in NY we recommend that you either come to the hospital for daily physical therapy or do exercises on your own, such as taking a walk outdoors.

Medical Clearance

All of our patients are medically managed by either a rheumatologist or cardiologist. You must meet this doctor prior to surgery in order to decide if you are healthy enough to safely have surgery. This doctor will see you on a daily basis while you are in the hospital. There are several blood tests that you will need within 7 days of surgery to make sure there are no contraindications for surgery such as an infection. Your local physician may draw blood for these tests and send the results to your clearance doctor. There is one blood test that that you will need at HSS. This will allow you to receive a blood transfusion if necessary.

Education Class

This is a class that is mandatory for patients to attend. The class will describe what to expect during your hospital stay. This class is designed for total hip replacement patients so there will be several things that will not apply to our resurfacing patients. It is still helpful to attend the class and receive a binder of useful information.

Locations patients have traveled from

Here is a link to maps demonstrating the distances (beyond the tri-state area), from which patients have come to see Dr. Su. Each star represents a location from which a patient traveled, and may represent more than one patient from that particular area.

Click on the thumbnails to view maps

CERTIFICATION

The American Board of Arthroscopic Surgery

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association