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Before Your Joint Surgery

Tests and Immunizations

Prior to your surgery you are required to have a “work-up”. This includes blood tests, chest x-ray and electrocardiogram. Please make sure you have notified your insurance company and received the correct preauthorization/certification for the surgery. If your orthopaedic surgeon has recommended exercises to help strengthen your leg, do these exercises daily. This will help strengthen your legs prior to surgery.

We recommend that you receive a seasonal influenza immunization (flu shot) if you are 50 years or older or have a history of any chronic illnesses. If you are 65 years or older or have any history of chronic illness, a pneumonia vaccine is recommended before your surgery. Your primary care physician can help you in obtaining these vaccines.

The Week Before Your Surgery

The week before your surgery, a member of the preadmission staff will call you to obtain information about your current medical history. You will be given a time to arrive at the hospital prior to your surgery.

If you become ill before your surgery, contact your orthopaedic surgeon and your primary care physician as soon as possible. If you are unwell, surgery may need to be delayed until you are feeling better.

If you take any medication for your blood pressure, you will most likely be instructed to take any medication with a sip of water the morning of your surgery. If you are currently taking a blood thinner such as aspirin, coumadin or plavix, your physician should instruct you on when to stop the medication prior to your surgery.

What to Bring to the Hospital

Please bring a list of your current medications. They will be used to make a list of medications for your care team that includes the name of the drug, the dosage (how much you take i.e., 10mg) and how often you take it.

Please bring personal items such as your toothbrush, glasses, hearing aids, dentures and slippers. Slippers should have a non-skid sole with an enclosed back. This provides greater stability when walking. Please refrain from bringing any valuables to the hospital. Please remove any jewelry and leave at home.

A picture identification card (drivers license) and your insurance card will be needed so place these in a safe and accessible spot when arriving to for surgery.

It is recommended that you bring your walker to the hospital, if you have already purchased or borrowed one. Please refer to Equipment Needs additional information about obtaining assistive devices for your surgery.