Preparing for Surgery

Many people who have joint replacement surgery wait many weeks or months before their operation takes place. This is a good time to learn as much as you can about the surgery itself and also about what will happen during your recovery and rehabilitation.

You and your family should start thinking about what kind of help you will need once you get home and also about re-arranging your surroundings to make things easier and safer for you. Making these plans well before your surgery means you won’t have to worry about them so much later on.

This is also a good time to think about your overall health and fitness. Being as fit as possible before undergoing a joint replacement may help you recover more quickly. If your doctor has suggested you lose weight, try making some changes to your diet and be as active as possible. If you still smoke, this is a good time to quit -- smoking interferes with healing and may slow down your recovery.

The Pre-Operative Visit
The Pre-Operative Visit

What you need to know for your pre-op visit with your surgeon / surgeon’s team.

Before Your Surgery
Before Your Surgery

Learn how to prepare your home before your surgery so it’s ready for you post-surgery.

The Week Before Surgery
The Week Before Surgery

Do you need to stop your current medications prior to surgery? What other preparations do you need to make? Learn about the week before surgery here.

The Day of the Surgery
The Day of the Surgery

What to expect for the night before and the day of surgery.

What to bring to the Hospital
What to bring to the Hospital

These items could make a big difference to your time in hospital.