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When You’re Having a Knee Replacement

The Day Before Surgery

  • ​​​​Be sure you have everything you need for your stay in the hospital.
  • Go over the agreement you signed with your healthcare team.
  • Follow the eating and drinking instructions you received from your healthcare team.

If you have questions, phone the clinic and speak with your Case Manager.

What to Bring to the Hospital

  • You will receive a booklet called "When You're Having a Knee Replacement". Please bring it with you.
  • Personal care items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush, soap and shampoo, deodorant, shaving items.
  • Loose-fitting clothing that’s easy to put on (e.g., robe, pajamas, pants, shorts, underwear, and socks).
  • Adjustable, non-slip shoes that will give you good support and can be loosened if your feet swell.
  • All the medicine you take, including all prescription and over-the-counter medicine, herbal products, and inhalers. Bring these in their original containers or in the pharmacy package. Don’t use your own medicine while you’re in the hospital. You’ll be given the ones you need to take while in hospital.
  • Walker, crutches, dressing aids.
  • Your CPAP machine if you use one.

There’s not much storage space in hospital rooms so please pack only what you need in a small overnight bag.

Alberta Health Services isn’t responsible for lost or stolen items. Don’t bring anything of value, such as jewelle​ry or credit cards.

Current as of: May 6, 2019

Author: Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services