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How should I prepare for surgery?

Once you’ve made the decision to proceed with surgery there is still much to do.

The following pages will review each item on the pre-operative checklist in more detail. 

  • Medical clearance form
  • Dental examination
  • Get your flu or pneumonia shots
  • Schedule any invasive procedures at least two weeks prior to surgery
  • Have a friend or family member accompany you to your preoperative visits
  • Attend the joint replacement education class
  • Begin preoperative strengthening exercises
  • Arrange for care after the surgery
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital
  • Prepare your home for recovery
  • Schedule physical therapy
  • Pick up medications at your pharmacy