What to Expect

Preparing for surgery begins several weeks before actual surgery. Here are some ways to help you prepare for you surgery and to know what to expect:

Prior to Your Surgery

Your physician will draw blood, take urine and complete x-rays.
  • Start practicing deep breathing exercises.
  • Your doctor may recommend that you begin upper body strengthening exercises to help you use a walker or crutches after surgery.
  • Start practicing pumping your ankles back and forth about 1,000 times a day.  This is an exercise you will do after surgery to help prevent blood clots.
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • Register for Joint Success, joint replacement education class.
At least two weeks before surgery, it is important to visit your pre-admission nurse in order to make all necessary arrangements. When you come in to meet with the nurse, don't forget to bring:
  • List of any medications you are currently taking
  • Your insurance card
  • Picture identification
  • Orders/paperwork from your doctor's office
To make an appointment with your preadmission nurse, please call (225) 763-4068. 

The Day Before Your Surgery

  • Unless otherwise instructed, don't eat or drink past midnight.
  • Follow pre-surgery cleansing instructions.
  • Bring a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter drugs, and make a list of all known allergies and the reactions you experience.
  • If you take medication for a chronic condition, such as blood pressure or heart disorder, please ask your surgeon if you should take them prior to surgery. 
  • Pack loose-fitting clothes and any personal care items.
  • Avoid bringing valuables.

During Your Stay 

  • Your care team will consist of your surgeon, registered nurses, physical & occupational therapists, patient care assistants and other hospital personnel, all dedicated to assisting you in your recovery period. 
  • You will participate in physical therapy twice a day, including one group session. 
  • You will receive education regarding your procedure, recovery and exercises to help you and your coach better understand how to care for you new joint.