JOURNEY II – Preparation for Knee Replacement Surgery

Once you and your orthopaedic surgeon have decided to proceed with surgery, there are several activities that must occur prior to surgery, including the following:

  1. Initial Surgical Consultation
  2. Preoperative x-rays, complete past medical history, complete past surgical history, complete list of all medications and allergies (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin supplements).

  3. Complete Physical Examination
  4. Your internist or family physician will determine if you are in the best possible condition to undergo surgery.

    The information listed on this page is common guidance and not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique. Consult with your physician for more details and a specific pre-operative plan designed for you.

  5. Blood Donation
  6. A transfusion may be necessary after surgery, therefore you may wish to donate blood prior to surgery.

  7. Physical Therapy
  8. Instruction in an exercise program to begin prior to surgery and an overview of the rehabilitation process after surgery will better prepare you for post-operative care.

  9. Preparation for the Hospital
  10. You may want to bring the following items:

    • Clothing: underwear, socks, t-shirts, exercise shorts for rehabilitation
    • Footwear: walking or tennis shoes for rehab; slippers for hospital room
    • Walking Aids: walker, cane, wheelchair, or crutches if used prior to surgery
    • Insurance Information

  11. Evening Before Surgery
  12. Do not eat or drink after midnight. Shower (with five minute scrub to surgical area with special soap provided). Prepare your belongings and review total knee booklet.


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