Six Weeks before Knee Replacement Surgery
After your surgeon's office has scheduled you for joint surgery, you will receive information by mail including:
- An invitation to pre-operative teaching class. Your doctor strongly recommends you attend this class prior to surgery. You may call 368-4545 for more class information.
- An assessment form to fill out and bring with you to pre-operative teaching class.
- Information regarding pre-testing in the surgical center.
- You may call the Joint Replacement Center at any time before to ask questions or raise concerns about your pending surgery.
Obtain Medical Clearance:
- Be sure to follow your surgeon’s recommendation if you have been requested to obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician.
- Keep your appointment for pre-operative testing and be sure to bring your medications with you in their original containers.
Stop Medications That Increase Bleeding
Discontinue all anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, Motrin®, Naproxen, Vitamin E, etc. These medications may cause increased bleeding. If you are taking a blood thinner, you will need special instructions for stopping the medication. The physician assistant in surgical pre-testing will instruct you about what to do with your other medications.
Stop Taking Herbal Medicine
Examples of herbal medicines include, but are not limited to: Echinacea, ginkgo, ginseng, ginger, licorice, garlic, valerian, St. John’s Wort, ephedra, goldenseal, feverfew, saw palmetto, and kava-kava.
On admission to the hospital, you will be asked if you have an Advance Directive. If you do, please bring copies of the documents to the hospital with you so they can become a part of your Medical Record. Advance Directives are not a requirement for hospital admission.
Smoking delays your healing process. Smoking reduces the size of your blood vessels and decreases the amount of oxygen circulated in your blood. Smoking can also increase clotting which can cause problems with your heart. If you quit smoking before you have surgery you will increase your ability to heal. If you need help quitting, ask about hospital resources.