What to Expect
Preparing for surgery begins several weeks before actual surgery. Here are some ways to help you prepare for you surgery and to know what to expect:
Prior to Your Surgery
Your physician will draw blood, take urine and complete x-rays.
- Start practicing deep breathing exercises.
- Your doctor may recommend that you begin upper body strengthening exercises to help you use a walker or crutches after surgery.
- Start practicing pumping your ankles back and forth about 1,000 times a day. This is an exercise you will do after surgery to help prevent blood clots.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet.
- Register for Joint Success, joint replacement education class.
- List of any medications you are currently taking
- Your insurance card
- Picture identification
- Orders/paperwork from your doctor's office
The Day Before Your Surgery
- Unless otherwise instructed, don't eat or drink past midnight.
- Follow pre-surgery cleansing instructions.
- Bring a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter drugs, and make a list of all known allergies and the reactions you experience.
- If you take medication for a chronic condition, such as blood pressure or heart disorder, please ask your surgeon if you should take them prior to surgery.
- Pack loose-fitting clothes and any personal care items.
- Avoid bringing valuables.
During Your Stay
- Your care team will consist of your surgeon, registered nurses, physical & occupational therapists, patient care assistants and other hospital personnel, all dedicated to assisting you in your recovery period.
- You will participate in physical therapy twice a day, including one group session.
- You will receive education regarding your procedure, recovery and exercises to help you and your coach better understand how to care for you new joint.