Holy Family Hospital

Bone and Joint Care: Preparing for Surgery

It's never easy to decide to have surgery. Together with your physician and family, you have determined that surgery is your best path towards good health.

In order for your procedure to have optimal success, you and your primary physician are important and essential members of the team. You’ll find that we value communication and it is absolutely critical to us that you and your physician are informed and active participants in the treatment. After all, what you do at home after surgery is key to achieving the quality of life you desire.

What to expect when the time comes for your procedure?

The day of your surgery

Consult the checklist below and make sure that you’ve spoken to your physician and have done everything you need to do to get ready.

On the day of your surgery, come to Holy Family Hospital's Surgical Day Care (SDC).

After Surgery

Your recovery will begin just a few feet away from SDC. Here, a dedicated team of nurses, physical and occupational therapists will work with you and your physician to create an individualized recovery plan. From skilled pain management expertise to personalized nursing care, we are committed to getting you up and moving. 

Pre-surgery checklist to help you prepare for surgery and returning 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 bed.
  • 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 your mail.
  • 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 preparation.
  • 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.



Meet with one of our doctors within 48 hours

Request an Appointment

Or call 866-698-7533

Bone & Joint Class

This informational forum provides patients and a guest with information about all stages of their treatment experience, from pre-surgery planning through discharge and home care.

Home Health Care

Professional and dedicated staff are available to care for you in the comfort of your own home. The goal remains the same as every other component of our Bone and Joint Team – ensuring that you have the best medical outcome possible and enjoy an improved quality of life.

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