Four Weeks before Knee Replacement Surgery
Start Iron, Vitamins
Prior to your surgery, you may be instructed by your surgeon to take multivitamins as well as iron. Iron helps build your blood, which is especially important if you plan to pre-donate your own blood.
Total Joint Surgery does require the use of either general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. Please review "Understanding Anesthesia" in section Six. If you have questions please contact the Orthopaedic Program Director or your surgeon's office.
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Importance of Your Coach
The people that you find in your daily life, friends and family, are obviously important to you. In the process of a joint replacement, the involvement of a family friend or relative acting as your coach is very important. Your coach will be with you from the pre-op process through your stay in the hospital and to your discharge to home. They will attend pre-op class, give support during exercise classes, and keep you focused on healing. They will assure you continue exercising when you return home and see that home remains safe during your recovery.
Joint Outcomes Program
To assure continued excellence, you can assist us by providing feedback on your experience. Hearing from our patients from the time of discharge to perhaps a year later allows the Joint Center to always strive to improve. You may be asked to participate in these surveys - please answer honestly - it is your opportunity to tell the Joint Center what you feel went well and what might have room for improvement.