The Pre-Operative Visit

Most hospitals will ask you to come in several weeks before your joint replacement surgery is scheduled to review your situation and talk about what will happen.

ImportantIMPORTANT: It’s a good idea to bring a family member or friend to this visit to take notes and ask questions. You will be given lots of information, and this can be overwhelming if you don’t have someone with you.

During the visit, hospital staff will review your health. They will talk to you:

About anaesthesia
About blood loss

Doctor and patient - preopThey will also talk to you about what kind of equipment you will need during your recovery and where to purchase or borrow it.

This is also the time to discuss what will happen after the operation. The Care Team who looks after you during and after surgery will advise about what is best for you, based on your current situation.

  • Most patients who can do so go home and recover there with help. If it’s decided that you will be sent home after surgery, your Care Team may help you connect to the organization in your province or community that arranges for home care to discuss your needs after the operation and answer any questions you and your family might have. This contact is usually made sometime AFTER your Pre-operative visit.  
  • Other people go home after surgery but then travel regularly to a hospital out-patient department or private clinic for therapy.
  • Some people must be cared for in hospital while they undergo rehabilitation.