What happens after checking into the hospital for knee replacement surgery?

Travis M. Hendry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
After checking in for your knee replacement surgery, you will remove your clothing and put on a hospital gown. A nurse will check your vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate), review your history, and start an intravenous (IV) line for you to receive fluids and medications. You will meet your nurses, anesthesia provider, surgeon, and other health care providers. (Be sure to ask them any questions you have!) Your knee will be cleaned, and the location of your surgery will be marked on your leg with a pen.

When you are taken to the operating room, anyone who came to the hospital with you can wait for you in the waiting area. A nurse will confirm your name, the type of surgery you're having, and any allergies you may have. From this point on, a nurse or doctor will be with you at all times.

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