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What can I expect during the hospital stay?

Admissions Department desk at the main entrance of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center main hospital.

On the morning of surgery, report to the Admission Department at the main entrance of the hospital.

  • You will be taken from there to the pre-operative area where the nurses will prepare you for surgery.
  • Your family can accompany you to the pre-operative area
  • Your family can wait in the surgical waiting area while you proceed to the operating room

In the operating room:

  • The anesthesia team will prepare you for surgery and will administer anesthesia
  • Anesthesia may be spinal anesthesia or general anesthesia
  • Your surgical team will inject numbing medication around your joint that will help substantially with your pain relief after the surgery
  • Once your surgery is complete the surgical team will speak with your family to review the procedure

Recovery room:

  • After the surgery you will be transported to the recovery room
  • You will be there approximately one to one and a half hours before you are transferred to the Orthopaedic unit

Orthopaedic unit:

  • The nurses will provide you pain medications, monitor your progress, provide eating instructions, and address any other needs
  • A physician assistant monitors the progress of patients in the hospital and helps with discharge planning.
  • You will also see the orthopaedic residents and your surgeon on a daily basis