The following is what can be expected prior to surgery to treat a compound distal femur fracture:
Examinations: X-rays will be taken and a CT scan or MRI may be also be needed to identify the extent of the injury and damage.
Skin preparation: Night prior to and morning of operation, patient is required to wash leg with a sponge provided in the pre-admission clinic. Betadine Skin test is occasionally used if there is suspicion of an allergy to iodine.
Bowel Prep: Glycerin suppositories will be provided at the pre-admission clinic. Patient to is required to administer the evening prior to surgery (instruction leaflet given at the pre-admission clinic).
Patient education: Physiotherapy assessment will include: instruction of gait training, use of crutches and pre and postoperative exercises. Patient will be fitted for crutches to take home and practice preoperatively.
Medications: Cease aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications 10 days prior to surgery as well as any naturopathic or herbal medications.
Day of Surgery
Surgical paperwork will be administered by the nurses and the anaesthetist will meet with the patient to ask a few questions.
A hospital gown will be given and the operation site will be shaved and cleaned.
Betadine skin prep will be applied to above area and wrapped.
All x-rays are to be sent with patient to theatre.