Total Joint Replacement: Day of Surgery

What You Need to Know for the Day of Surgery

Arrival at Hospital

• Enter through the main entrance of the hospital (on Federal Hwy.,
   south of Commercial Blvd.).

• You have the option to self-park or use our complimentary valet.

• Wheelchairs are available if needed.

• If you require an assistive device, you can ask for labels so you don't
   lose them upon entering the hospital.


• Reception is the first desk and greeter you come in contact with
   upon entering the hospital.

• Let them know you are here for surgery.

• They will give you a visitor's pass and send you to Admitting.


• Admitting is on the first floor. They will ask you to fill out some

• They will also issue your patient ID band at this time.

• It is important that your ID band stays on during your hospital stay.

3rd Floor (Pre-Op Holding)

• You will be called into Pre-Op Holding where the nurse, anesthesiologist
   and surgeon will come to see you.

• They will prep you with IVs, help put away your personal belongings
   and ask you a few questions about any adverse reactions to surgery.

• Your surgeon will touch base with you and may sign the surgical


• The length of your surgery will vary depending on your procedure.

• Refer to your surgeon for specific information regarding your operation,
   the prosthetic materials, etc.

Orthopedic Floor (on 4 West)

• After you recover from surgery, you will be transferred to the
   orthopedic floor and meet your nurse.

• Private rooms are available for additional cost. Prior to surgery day, you
   are encouraged to call Admitting and request a private room.

• White boards at bedside provide your nurse's name and extension,
   planned discharge date, therapy times, diet, etc.

• Meals are served via room service. Call and order meals at your

• It is important to continue your hourly exercises and incentive
   spirometer after your surgery.

• Download: Orthopedic Floor Information

What You Need to Know After Surgery. 

Return to Pre-Surgical Information Page.