The Morning of Your Surgery

Most patients are a bit edgy on the morning before surgery. My advice: prepare a few days prior to your big day, so that you do not have to scurry around, looking for last-minute items, and can focus on getting to the hospital on time. Remember, no food or liquids are allowed after midnight the day before. Go to sleep early enough so that you can get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep. Most folks have difficulty sleeping before an important test or, in this case a surgical procedure, so try to read a book, or relax with a long warm shower prior to climbing into bed. Have all of your belongings ready before you go to sleep. You should take a shower with anti-bacterial soap before coming to the hospital. My hospital will require you to wipe the surgical area with chlorahexadine cloths prior to surgery.

Bring the following:

  • a list of all your medications
  • loose-fitting shorts or athletic shorts to wear after your operation
  • loose-fitting shirt
  • rubber-sole shoes,or sneakers
  • eyeglasses but no contacts
  • Bring your dentures with case if you use them
  • a small amount of cash, but do not bring your wallet
  • a picture ID for proper identification
  • some reading material
  • your cell phone and charger
  • If you have a special pillow, bring it along. However do not bring a family heirloom quilt!
  • If you have sleep apnea, you must bring your mask and machine parameters to set up your hospital device.

Do not bring your wallet, jewelry, a laptop computer, or Ipod devices.

Pack your stuff before you go to sleep, relax, and get to the hospital on time.

A hospital representative will inform you when you should arrive. If your surgery is on a Monday and you are religious, go to your place of worship! This is your Super Bowl…..get ready, and keep your spirits on a upbeat and positive track. Keep in mind that you can expect that the hospital staff and operating room personnel, including your surgeon, nurses, and anesthesia team will receive you with the same positive mindset. We are here to help you and make your joint replacement surgery safe, comfortable, and successful!


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