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Preparation for Knee Surgery

Once you and your orthopaedic surgeon have decided to proceed with surgery, there are several activities that must occur prior to surgery, including the following:

Initial Surgical Consultation
Preoperative x-rays, complete past medical history, complete past surgical history, complete list of all medications and allergies (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin supplements).

Complete Physical Examination
Your internist or family physician will determine if you are in the best possible condition to undergo surgery.

Blood Donation
A transfusion may be necessary after surgery, therefore you may wish to donate blood prior to surgery.

Physical Therapy
Instructions for an exercise program to begin prior to surgery and an overview of the rehabilitation process after surgery will better prepare you for post-operative care.

Preparation for the Hospital

You may want to bring the following items:

  • Clothing: underwear, socks, t-shirts, exercise shorts for rehabilitation
  • Footwear: walking or tennis shoes for rehab; slippers for hospital room
  • Walking Aids: walker, cane, wheelchair, or crutches if used prior to surgery
  • Insurance Information

Evening Before Surgery
Do not eat or drink after midnight. Shower (with five minute scrub to surgical area with special soap provided). Prepare your belongings and review your knee replacement booklet.


The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. 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.The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.