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A Guide for Patients Having Hip or Knee Replacement

Your Hospital Stay

Admission Information

At your pre-operative visit, make a note of:

  • your scheduled surgery date
  • your expected discharge date

Admission time: Plan to be at the hospital for 6:15 am. This is a tentative time that is subject to change. You will receive a call 2 days before your surgery to confirm your admission time.

All piercings and jewelry (including wedding rings) must be removed before surgery. Please see a jeweler to have them cut off if necessary.

Medication Instructions

  • Make a note of which medications you should take with sips of water the morning of surgery.
  • Make a note of which medications to stop before surgery.
  • Continue all other medications as prescribed until the day before surgery.

Food and Drink

  • Nothing to eat after midnight the night before surgery. This means no food, candies or gum.
  • You may have clear fluids up to 2 hours before your scheduled admission time. Clear fluid includes water, clear fruit juice without pulp such as apple or cranberry juice, carbonated soft drinks, clear tea and black coffee with sweetener (NO milk products or whitener). Clear fluids does not include milk, milk products, citrus juices or alcohol. 

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