Bone and Joint Care: Pre-surgery Checklist
There are steps you can take to prepare for surgery and the eventual
transition from hospital to home.
Two weeks prior to surgery
Make sure that your pre-admissions testing is complete.
Review any medications you are taking with your doctor –
prescription or over-the-counter – so that you can determine
which, if any, you should stop taking.
One week prior to surgery
Getting your house ready for your return after surgery is something you
may not think of before surgery. Here are a few things that will make
those first days home worry free:
Do a whole-house cleaning.
Do your laundry and put it away, and put clean linens on your
Do any grocery shopping and pre-cook meals that can be frozen.
Do all your outside work now. Mow the lawn, fix up the garden.
Call and have your newspaper stopped and ask someone pick up
If you have any pets, arrange to have someone take care of them.
Check your house for potential accidents: pick up any throw rugs
and tack down any loose carpeting; check hallways for things you
may trip on such as electric cords; put nightlights in the
bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways.
Do you have a remote control for the TV? A portable phone? These
are good items to have on hand to make your life easier.
Prepare for the hospital:
Make sure you double-check your instructions from Holy Family,
your doctor and your insurance provider.
No alcohol 48 hours prior to surgery.
Pack for the hospital.
Bring personal hygiene items, loose fitting clothes, flat shoes.
DO NOT pack valuable jewelry, or large sums of cash.
Identify and bring important documents:
A list of all your current medications
Health care Proxy or power of attorney authorization
The day and night prior to surgery
During the day prior – Holy Family Hospital will call to confirm
what time you should plan on arriving. Usually you will be asked
to come to the hospital several hours before the surgery for
During the night prior – Unless otherwise instructed, do NOT eat
or drink anything at all (even water) after midnight. Also, do
NOT chew gum or smoke.
All cardiac medications should be taken with a sip of water the
day of surgery. You should check with your doctor to confirm.