Preoperative Procedures

This section will give you a brief overview of the activities that will occur on the day of surgery:

  1. You will be admitted to the hospital, typically the morning of your surgery.
  2. A final assessment of vital signs will be taken.
  3. A clean hospital gown will be provided.
  4. An IV will be started to give you fluids and medication during and after the procedure.
  5. An elastic stocking may be provided to decrease the likelihood of blood clots.
  6. You will be asked to empty your bladder.
  7. All jewelry, dentures, contacts, and nail polish must be removed.
  8. The surgical leg will be scrubbed and shaved in preparation for surgery.
  9. The provider will discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used.
  10. You will be taken into the operating room.

All information provided on this website is for information purposes only. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. If you are seeking this information in an emergency situation, please call 911 and seek emergency help.

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  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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