Preparing for surgery: Presurgery timeline

Here's a look at some things you can do in the month leading up to surgery to help prepare for the procedure.

One month before surgery:

  • Schedule an appointment with your family doctor for medical clearance for upcoming surgery.
  • Preregister at Mercy Medical Center (541.677.6554) for your hospitalization.
  • Attend the total hip replacement or knee replacement preoperative training classes at Mercy Medical Center.
  • Begin presurgery exercises, as recommended.
  • If you smoke, try to stop or at least cut back. For best healing, stop for two weeks prior to and until six weeks after surgery.
  • Eat healthy food and take good care of yourself.
  • Correct any major dental problems.
  • Apply for a temporary disabled parking permit, if you think you might need one. Your surgeon’s office can provide the application form for you.

Three weeks before surgery:

  • Continue your presurgery exercises.
  • Work out your discharge plan with your family or whoever will be helping you out after surgery.
  • Make necessary changes around your home for safety and ease of mobility. See Home safety checklist.
  • Complete all laboratory studies that have been ordered by your doctor or surgeon. This allows time to address any problems, such as an infection.

One week before surgery:

  • You may have a preoperative appointment with your orthopedic surgeon—make sure you bring your medication list and guidebook if you’ve taken a class.
  • Stop all anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naprosyn, Bextra, Indocin, Feldene). These can cause excessive bleeding during surgery.
  • You must be off Plavix or Coumadin seven days before your surgery to reduce bleeding during surgery. If you are on these medications, discuss this with your orthopedic surgeon.
  • If you become ill, please call your surgeon.
  • Arrange for a ride home from the hospital (typically three to six days after surgery).

The day before surgery:

After midnight, do not eat or drink anything! This includes hard candy, gum and water.

  • Pack an overnight bag. See “What to pack.
  • Showering instructions will be given by staff.
  • If you smoke, completely stop after midnight until after your surgery. For best healing, stop two weeks prior to and until six weeks after surgery.
  • If you become ill with a fever, cold, sore throat, flu or any other illness, please call your surgeon.

The morning of surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.
  • Showering instructions will be given by staff.
  • Do not wear makeup, powder, lotion or perfume.
  • You may brush your teeth, but remember not to swallow any water.
  • Take only the medication cleared by your doctor and anesthesiologist with just a sip of water. These medications are typically heart and blood pressure medications.
  • Report to admissions at the scheduled time. You might want to bring a book or magazine to read in case there is extra time before your surgery.

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