Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight, even water, unless otherwise instructed to do so. NO chewing gum. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day until bedtime. Take a good shower the night before or the morning of your surgery. Do NOT shave your surgical leg.
You will be instructed by your physician or anesthesia provider about medications. If you normally take something for heart, blood pressure, or seizures, we ask that you take it with a small sip of water. Do NOT take oral diabetic medication prior to surgery, but do take 1/2 of your normal morning insulin. Makeup, dentures and contacts must be removed before your surgery. Please leave jewelry, valuables and money at home. Nail polish and acrylic nails may be left on.
Things You Need to Bring With You to the Hospital
Copy of your advanced directives. Driver’s license/insurance cards (for registration) List of any new medications—including dosage, frequency and the time you take it. Loose fitting casual clothes. Your Joint Replacement Guide Book.