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Preparing for Joint Surgery

Taking an active role in preparing for your joint surgery and understanding what the experience is going to about helps with an easier recover.

Preparing for Joint Surgery

Tests and Immunizations

Prior to your surgery you are required to have a “work-up” to confirm you are healthy enough to have the surgery. 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 orthopedic 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 regarding your current medical history and provide your surgery arrival time.

If you become ill before your surgery, contact your orthopedic surgeon and your primary care physician as soon as possible. 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

Medications - Please bring a list of your current medications that includes the name of the drug, the dosage (how much you take i.e., 10mg) and how often you take it.

Personal Items - Please bring personal items such as your toothbrush, glasses, hearing aids, and dentures. Be sure the shoes you wear to the hospital have a non-skid sole with an enclosed back.  It is important to have safe footwear to avoid the risk of falling.

Do not bring any valuables to the hospital. Please remove any jewelry and leave at home. This includes wedding bands and piercings as these items cannot be worn during the surgical procedure.

Identification - 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.

Equipment - 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.

Joint Endeavors

Designed for patients having Total Hip Replacement or Total Knee Replacement, Joint Endeavors is a class that offers information on preparing for and recovering from joint replacement surgery. All patient are highly encouraged to attend.

You will meet members of your care team, see any medical equipment that will be used, and learn what to expect during your hospital stay and what equipment and supplies you will need at home to continue your recovery. There will be plenty of time to address any other concerns you may have as well.

We encourage all prospective patients to bring a significant other/family member as well so they are aware of what to expect as you recover from your surgery.

Register online for this FREE class