1. Medical clearance from your doctor which include laboratory tests and chest xray.
  2. Signing of informed consent.
  3. Eat balanced meals and sleep well before your surgery. That is increase your protein intake, fiber intake daily. How is your calcium?.Are you getting adequate calcium through meals and supplements. Take calcium with vitamin D.(D3)Obtain good sleep for few days before your surgery.
  4. Have you stopped smoking 🚬 Stop smoking few days before your surgery.
  5. Stop all blood thinner such as aspirin, Heparin, Warfin ,Plavix,herbal ,including some cholestorol medications a week before your surgery. Follow doctor orders and instructions from your health care provider.
  6. Stop alcohol intake. Do not drink alcohol for atleast 48hours before your surgery.
  7. There are exercises that your doctor may want you to practice before your surgery,practice those exercises routinely.
  8. Do you have an Advance Medical Directive ?.These are printed instructions that communicate your wishes about your healthcare to health care professionals.This is a common question that they ask before surgery. If yes say Yes ,if you don’t have say No.
  9. Supplies: You will need front wheel walker,Bedside commode or raised toilet seat delivered to your house before your surgery.
  10. Have the things that you will need after surgery ready and within reach before surgery.
  11. Reliable driver that will take you to the hospital available before surgery.
  12. Hydration, Hydration. Drink adequate fluid before surgery. .Start your preoperative knee exercise. Ankle pump,flex and extend your knee exercise.
  13. What to Wear: Avoid wearing long pants; shorts pants are preferable. It will be difficult to remove if you are wearing long pants.
  14. Prepare your home before surgery. Let things that you will need be easily accessible. Cook food and freeze them before surgery, clean sheets on the bed,light in the bathroom and hallway. Clear the floor of electrical cords and obstacles to prevent accidental falls. 15.Breathing exercise. Coughing, deep breathing and the use of incentive Spirometer to prevent respiratory complications after your knee surgery. Follow doctor orders and instructions on what you need to do and what you need to bring to the hospital.

Published by edochie99

A Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital experience, an author with Masters Degree in Nursing,also Bachelor Degree in Nursing,graduated in 1996 from USC,University of Southern California.MSN in 2009 University of Phoenix.

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