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When You’re Having a Knee Replacement

The Day of Your Surgery

​​​​​Using the Sponge at Home

When you shower, use the sponge the clinic may give you.

  1. Rub the sponge over the skin in the shaded areas in the picture.
  2. Rub for 3 minutes, until it’s foamy.
  3. Rinse, then towel dry.

​​Phone your Case Manager if you have any questions.

When You Get to the Hospital

A nurse will check you in, make sure that you’ve followed all instructions you were given, and get you ready for surgery. Tell the nurse or doctor of any changes in your health since your last visit to the clinic.

Before you go into the operating room, an intravenous (IV) will be put into a vein (usually in your hand or arm). Medicine and fluids are given to you through the IV during and after surgery.

You will also meet the doctor (anesthesiologist) who will give you medicine to control pain during surgery.

Someone may stay with you until you go into the operating room.

Current as of: May 6, 2019

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