Checklist: Before Your Joint Replacement Surgery
Advanced Joint Care
& Replacement Center
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive
4th Floor East
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Planning ahead ensures the best possible recovery. Check off the items on this list to make sure you’re ready.
- ____ Check with your surgeon: About the medicines you are taking now. You may need to stop taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and any drugs that contain aspirin, one week before surgery. Also tell your surgeon about any vitamins, supplements, herbs or over-the-counter medicines you take.
- ____ Preadmission testing appointment. Staff should contact you to set up preadmission tests a few weeks before surgery. Call (650) 696-5373 if you have not been contacted. For your preadmission appointment be sure to have your health insurance information ready. A nurse will take your health history, answer your questions and explain what tests may be necessary before surgery. If you have an Advanced Directive, bring a copy to the hospital for your record.
- ____ Register for Total Joint Replacement Class: All patients and their family/caregivers should attend this free, 90 minute class to help you become a well
informed and have the best possible recovery and outcome from your surgery. Call (650) 696-5804.
- ____ Get a dental exam: Have any needed dental work done before surgery. After your joint replacement, you may need to take antibiotics before getting any dental work.
- ____ Get the DMV application for a temporary disabled parking placard, and ask your doctor to sign it. Submit it, so you have the placard when you are discharged from the hospital.
- ____ Arrange to have a friend, relative or home health care worker help you during the first few days/weeks at home. You will need help dressing, showering and making meals.
- ____ Eat a healthy diet.
- ____ Quit smoking: Speak with your doctor about quitting smoking, or call (800) NO-BUTTS ((800) 662-8887).
- ____ Start doing strengthening exercises (both legs): You'll recover faster if you are familiar with these hip exercises and knee exercises, and any others recommended by your surgeon.