Preparation for Joint Surgery

In our pre-surgery joint classes, you will learn the mechanics of the joint and how they relate to your procedure.   Each patient will receive a handbook that lets you know what to do prior to surgery, what to expect during your stay, and how to care for yourself afterward.   Classes are for you and a family member/friend and take place on Mondays at 2pm.   Discharge planning is taken care of in advance and includes efforts to ensure a safe home environment.  Be sure to have transportation set up for someone to take you home from the hospital before you are admitted. Please click here to review a copy of the North Cypress Joint Center Patient Handbook

Planning for Your Stay

Things to Bring to the Hospital

  • Patient Handbook
  • A copy of your Advanced Directives (if you have such)
  • Identification, Medicare and/or Insurance cards, Medication Cards
  • A current medication list with doses listed. Include any over-the-counter and herbal medications.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, denture cup
  • Eye glasses and case, hearing aid and batteries
  • 2-3 outfits of comfortable attire for exercise (shorts that are loose fitted at waist & knees recommended)
  • Tennis shoes/walking shoes: avoid backless shoes or high heels (shoes not necessary as many people wear the red non-skid socks given them by the hospital)
  • Socks, undergarments
  • A minimal amount of money– money needed for copay on “take home” meds
  • Walker – if you have one
  • Paper and pen/pencil to take notes or write questions

Preparation the Night Before Surgery

  • Rest well
  • Take night medications as usual
  • Have a small snack by 9:00pm, especially if surgery is scheduled after 7:30am
  • Remove nail polish from fingers and toes

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