A successful surgery requires a partnership between you and Dr. Belsley.

The following instructions are essential to a safe experience and good outcome. If you are unable to comply with these instructions, you must notify our office as soon as possible. As a result, your surgery may have to be postponed or delayed, at the judgment of Dr. Belsley. This is essential to your health and safety.

Surgery requires cutting and recovery

Excellent technique and a gentle touch can only go so far. You need to do the best you can to ensure that you are in your best health in the weeks approaching your surgery.


There may be several weeks between your decision to have surgery and your actual surgical date.  During that time, there are several important considerations:

Practice proper fitness

You need not engage in an aggressive or new fitness routine; however practicing good fitness habits is an important factor in your overall health and well-being. Stretching exercises and low-weight strength training now can help to enhance your posture and your strength in the weeks following surgery.

Good nutrition.

Eat well during the weeks prior to surgery. Crash dieting, over-eating or high alcohol intake can greatly affect your overall health and well-being.  A healthy, balanced diet is essential.

Stop smoking

Smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal. Ideally you must be nicotine and smoke-free for at least 6 weeks prior to surgery.

Lead a healthy lifestyle.

In the weeks prior to surgery, maintain the best of health and hygiene. A lingering cold, virus or other illness can result in your surgery being rescheduled. Make certain to address any illness immediately and advise our office of any serious illness or change in your health.

Prepare and plan

Schedule any time off of work and any support you will need at home in the days following surgery, including housework, childcare, shopping and driving. Make certain a responsible adult is enlisted and confirmed to drive you to and from surgery and that someone is confirmed to be available to stay with you around the clock for 24 hours after your arrival home.

Relax and enjoy life.

Stress and anxiety over life’s daily events and even your planned surgery can affect you. While some anxiety is common, any serious stress or distress over the thought of surgery is something you must discuss with our office. We are here to support you and answer all of your questions. We want your decision to be one made with confidence.

Entrance to Roosevelt Hospital

Dr. Belsley performs surgery at both St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospital locations. The two hospitals were merged twenty years ago and now St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital is a proud mix between an academic center and a community hospital. The hospital system has over 18,000 operations performed each year with over 500 certified beds.

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Surgical Procedures, Operative
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Preoperative Care
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