Preparing for Total Joint surgery

Patients who plan to undergo Total Joint Surgery are encouraged by their orthopedic surgeons to attend the Total Joint Pre-Op Class. This program will help you to better understand what will occur before and after your surgery.

We recommend that all patients attend a short Preoperative total joint class that reviews what to expect pre and post-surgery.

Before and after your surgery Nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapist provide information, training and demonstration to help patients establish appropriate post-surgical expectations. They are also given handouts and brochures explaining:

During the session you will have the opportunity to hear a physical and / or occupational therapist, an orthopaedic nurse, a nurse case manager and a representative from our blood bank. All of these people are integral members of your multidisciplinary, Total Joint Replacement Team.

You'll be admitted to the hospital on the morning of your surgery We will ask you to arrive several hours prior to your surgical time to make sure everything is in place for your surgery. We will send you a letter telling you what time to arrive at Upstate University Hospital - Community Campus.  You may bring a book, iPad, or other device to help pass the time until your surgery. You shouldn't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. If you are on medications, we will tell you what medications you should not take the day of your surgery.

When you arrive to the hospital, you will report to Patient Access services to register. After registering, you will then be directed, to the Surgery Center, located on the 1st floor the hospital.

The Surgery Center is where the nursing staff  will help you to prepare for your surgery. You will change into your hospital gown and final preparations will be made. Then it is time for your surgery.

While you are in surgery, your family should wait in the waiting area outside of the operating room. This room is located on the 1st floor of the hospital.  Your doctor will look for your family there to speak with them once your surgery is complete