Preparing for your surgery
Please take time to read your manual ask any questions and make sure you take care of the things that need to be done several days or weeks ahead of your surgery date. don't let any unnecessary delays stand in the way of your recovery.
- Go to the pre-surgery class and bring this notebook
- Make arrangements to have help I delete someone should stay with you especially at night for the first one or two weeks they can help with pairing tasks just laundry house cleaning and errands you will need someone to drive you to appointments after surgery as well
- Fill your prescription for most post-op oral pain medication so it'll be ready for you when you return home from the hospital call your doctor if you don't yet have a prescription
Preparing your Home
Taking care of a few items now will make less work for you and your family once you return home from the hospital
- Prepare meals and freeze them ahead of time
- If your bedroom is on the second-floor start planning early. you may be able to make one trip up and down the stairs each day during your initial recovery. Or find a room and bathroom on the first floor that you can call your own for a couple weeks so you can rest during the day.
- If possible install a railing long internal and external stairs.
- Remove any throw rugs to avoid tripping
- Check rooms for electrical cords or other small objects that might be a safety hazard.
- Place a phone with an easy reach.
- Make sure you have good lighting night lights work well at late-night trips to the bath
- Use a cushion to raise the seat in a little chair
- Make arrangements for assistance with pet care responsibilities as needed.
Make Arrangements for Transportation after Discharge
Plan for your ride home before noon on the date of discharge. Your doctor will let you know when it's okay for you to resume driving. Driving is usually allowed once you are safely able to apply adequate brake pressure and when you no longer need pain medication that may impair your safety.
Strengthening before surgery
One key aspect of planning for surgery is preparing yourself physically. Drink than in your upper and lower body is important to a speedy recovery. See your exercise section four examples of low impact exercises. Only do what you can without aggravating your hip or knee.
What to bring to the hospital
- Personal items. Sunglasses, dentures, hearing aids, toiletries, photo ID, and detailed list of your medications. Cell phones are okay.
- Loose-fitting clothing with an elastic waist but no elastic ankles. Non-skid shoes with a back. No flip-flops Crocs are okay
- Specific medications only if you're directed to do so
- Advanced Healthcare directive health care power-of-attorney if you have one
- Walker if you have one
- Please do not bring: pill bottles (unless otherwise directed), jewelry, keys, large amounts of money (a check or credit card is okay if co-pay is due on admission)
Medical clearance prior to admission
You must have whatever medical test you have been ordered by your doctor completed prior to your surgery, typically that includes a blood test and an EKG, and/or chest x-ray.
Also, consult your primary or internal medicine doctor regarding which of your medications you may need to stop 1 or 2 weeks before surgery.
Pre-admitting nurse call
Expect a call at least 48 hours prior to surgery from the Pre-Admitting nurse from the hospital. He or she will confirm the details of your surgery date, time and remind you when to arrive at the hospital (Typically 3 hours before your surgery time).
- He or she may advise you to take certain medications with small sip of water the morning of surgery
- Do not eat drink or smoke after midnight the day before the surgery