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Take an active role in your care by following these tips for preparing for joint replacement surgery at Essentia Health.
The healthier you are when you go into surgery, the more likely you are to have a smooth recovery. Reduce your risk of complications by making sure you’re physically ready for surgery.
Get a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for your surgery, hospital stay, and recovery by attending a preoperative joint replacement class at least two weeks before your procedure. Depending on your location, you may have the option to attend class in person or via videoconference, or to watch a prerecorded video. Search our calendar to find a class near you.
Before your hip or knee replacement surgery, make sure you have everything you need for a smooth, safe recovery.
Follow your joint replacement team’s instructions regarding preoperative tests and appointments, medications, food and drink, how to prepare your skin for surgery, and what to pack in your hospital bag. If you have any questions, call your orthopedic surgeon’s office.
Expect a call from a nurse the day before or Friday before your surgery. During this call, the nurse will answer your questions and tell you what time to arrive at the hospital.