FAQ – For out-of-towners

Why can’t I fly home until 1 week after surgery?

Dr. Su would like to have your incision inspected before you leave to make sure that there are no problems. Also, at 1 week postop, you will be more mobile, and thus, less prone to developing a blood clot in your legs.

What do I do in the event of a problem?

You should contact us as soon as possible. We are always reachable at the main office number.

What is the best way to get to the airport from HSS?

car service is probably the best way, as it is more spacious than a taxi. And, the driver of a car service will be able to give more assistance with your baggage. If you would like assistance with arranging this, please contact our office staff.

Is there anything special I should do when I am on the plane?

You should make certain that you take the opportunity to walk several times during your flight, and continue to do the foot pump exercises. You should also wear a pair of TEDS stockings on the day that you fly.

How often do I need to return for a check-up?

The usual times to return are at 6 weeks, 4 months, and 1 year postoperative, and yearly thereafter. However, we realize that it can be difficult and costly to travel such a long distance for followup. The most important checkup is at 4-6 weeks postop at which point we will obtain an x-ray of your new knee, check your strength and motion, and guide you on therapy. Afterwards, if you are doing well, you may not need to return for followup. We recommend obtaining an x-ray of your TKR once a year and sending it to Dr. Su for his evaluation. We would like to make the recovery process as easy as possible for you, so we would like to be in communication with you via telephone or email.

Should I set up a local orthopedist to do the followup of my knee?

It is a good idea to have a local orthopedic surgeon who would be willing to examine you and communicate with us if the need should arise. It can be difficult to find someone willing to do the followup care of a patient that he/she has not operated upon; we will do our best to assist you.

In the event of a complication, what do I do?

You should contact Dr. Su immediately. Most problems can be dealt with in a matter of days if you are able to return to New York. If there is a serious problem that prevents you from returning to New York, you may have to seek local emergency care. If so, please have the treating doctor call us to discuss your situation.

Can I obtain a copy of my operative report and x-rays?

Yes, we will provide these documents for your records and for any local orthopedic surgeon involved in your care.