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The morning of your surgery

Image of the admissions desk at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
  • Report to the Admissions Department at the main entrance of the hospital
  • You will be taken from there to the preoperative area where the nurses will prepare you for surgery
  • Your family can accompany you to the preoperative 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 administer general anesthesia
  • Your surgical team will inject numbing medication around your joint that will help substantially with your pain relief after surgery

Once your surgery is complete, your surgeon will speak with your family and review the procedure.

In the recovery room - Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

  • After surgery, you will be transported to the recovery room where your vital signs, pain control, and surgical wound will be monitored frequently. You will then be moved to a room or discharged home.

Orthopaedic unit

  • Your nurses will provide you with pain medications, monitor your progress, provide eating instructions, and address any other needs you may have
  • An orthopaedic team member will monitor the progress of patients in the hospital and help with discharge planning