Care for New Mexico Cartilage Restoration Center
After you have seen
Dr. Tabet and you have decided upon surgery as the
appropriate option for your problem, you will be referred to
Terry Horvath to select a surgery date. Terry makes
all of the arrangements for administrative issues
that need to be taken care of and you will be given a
date to return prior to your surgery. This
appointment is for preoperative evaluation (pre-op) and is
usually with Peter Crotta, who is Dr. Tabet's Physician
Assistant. Although you are given a date for the surgery,
a specific time is not given until the pre-op visit.
At the pre-op visit, Peter will
tell you about the procedure, answer any remaining
questions, and will review any medical concerns that
there may be regarding your surgery. At this visit,
you will be given crutches, braces or other materials
that you may need after the surgery. Terry
will give you information about where to go and what time to be there.
There will be instructions about eating, drinking,
and taking of medications on the day of your surgery.
You will also be scheduled for a follow up visit after
the pre-op appointment, you will go the day surgery
unit or the hospital for pre-admission screening, which
may include laboratory studies.