The Day of Total Knee Replacement
It's important to know what to expect when you arrive at the hospital for your total knee replacement. On the day of your surgery, at your scheduled time, you will be taken to a pre-surgery room. Make sure to have a list of your current medications, including prescriptions and any over-the-counter medication, supplements, or herbal remedies you are taking.
To prepare for your procedure, your healthcare professional will first make sure that you have an intravenous line, or IV. You will be given drugs and fluids through your IV to help relax and comfort you during the surgery. You will also be given an antibiotic beforehand to decrease your risk of infection.
Patches will be applied to the skin of your chest, arms, or legs for an electrocardiogram, or EKG. The EKG patches record the electrical activity of your heart during the surgery.
Your healthcare provider may be available to answer any last-minute questions that you have, and your family or friends may be able to stay with you until it is time for you to go to the procedure room.