It is recommended that you carry a list of your current medications to all your appointments centered around your surgery decision. Having this list with you assists in ensuring all doctors know about your current medications.
After hip and knee surgeries, you will need more room to navigate around your house. We recommend that you do a safety check around the house to eliminate any barriers to walking, especially with a device like a walker.
Home Safety Checklist
Here's a helpful list of items you may need during your hospital stay:
- Personal hygiene products like toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant etc.
- Loose fitting clothes for when you go home
- Glasses, hearing aide(s)- with cases for each
- Wheeled walker-labeled with your name and phone number
Do not bring:
- Anything valuable
- Electric equipment
- Medications (unless your surgeon asks)
Additionally, you'll want to do these things before you come to the hospital:
- Take a shower or bath before surgery; your surgeon/anesthesia clinic may give you an antibacterial soap or other medical wash to cut chances of getting an infection.
- Use fresh bed sheets at home in the days prior to the surgery to reduce the risk of getting an infection
- Do not shave the area of surgery; clipping may be done at the hospital if necessary
You may receive the following phone call before admission:
- Surgical pre-admissions team may call to discuss your health history and medications
- The operating room department will call you the afternoon before your surgery to provide you with more information. If you have not heard from the clinic, you can call them at 210-358-7755
It is important to remember:
- Not to eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before the surgery
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low heeled shoes
- Leave jewelry and valuables at home]
- Bring valid form of photo identification and health insurance card
- Bring an adult with you
On the day of discharge, your care team is working towards a smooth discharge plan. The following will occur on the discharge day:
- Physician and/or nursing staff will discuss your medication list
- You will be provided with your discharge prescriptions
- Your nurse will review the discharge instructions with you
- The care coordination team will arrange for home care
- Discharge time is before 11am and it is important to have your ride available
- To make your car ride more comfortable, plan to bring extra pillows in the car and plan your pain medication accordingly.
Other discharge plans will be discussed by your care team if needed.
Before leaving the hospital, be sure to know the following:
- How to move safely
- How to get in and out of bed
- How to walk with a walker
- How to climb stairs
- Equipment you might need at home
- What home care arrangements have been made
- What symptoms should be reported to your surgeon
- How long to wait before reporting unexpected symptoms
- When you should follow-up with your surgeon and primary care physician
- Know your medication schedule for home
- Phone numbers to call back if you have questions for your surgeon or case management