Preparing for Elbow Surgery

As a well-known hand, wrist and elbow specialist, Dr. David Brown attracts a steady stream of patients in search of effective carpal tunnel treatment, tennis elbow treatment and relief for various other conditions and injuries of the hand and upper extremity. Though more conservative treatment options are always considered first, sometimes it is clear that hand, wrist or elbow surgery is necessary.

For any surgery, Dr. Brown will discuss pre-operative instructions with each patient well in advance. Occasionally, there may be additional instructions based on whether the patient is undergoing hand, wrist or elbow surgery or due to the specific circumstances of the case, but generally, Dr. Brown's pre-operative instructions are as follows:

  • The surgery center will call each patient the day prior to surgery with arrival time
  • Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to your scheduled surgery
  • Do not take any aspirin, aspirin products or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for one week prior to surgery
  • Take care to avoid getting any scratches, cuts, burns or any other type of open wound on the area that is to be operated on

Hand, Wrist & Elbow Specialist

As a hand, wrist and elbow specialist at the Orthopedic Center of St. Louis, Dr. David Brown routinely diagnoses and treats patients from all over the St. Louis area for conditions, injuries and issues of the hand and upper extremity. A member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Dr. Brown has received training as a specialist in both orthopedics and plastic surgery; enabling him to address the full scope of problems that may occur with the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow at a higher level of expertise.

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