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Preoperative information

Prepare yourself

  • Maintain or improve your mobility and strength as possible prior surgery.
  • Consider engaging a physiotherapist to help with this “prehab”.
  • If crutches, frames, scooters or other gait aids are likely to be required, obtain and practice using these.
  • Check if you need to stop taking blood thinning or any other medications and if so for how long prior.
  • Cease smoking if at all possible, cut down if not.
  • Inform us if you become unwell or develop scratches, sores, infections or ulcers on the leg being operated on.

Prepare for admission

  • You will be provided with an admission pack with further details when booking surgery.
  • Admission forms need to be completed and forwarded to the hospital well ahead.
  • For major joint replacements and fusions, you will be seen by nurses at pre-admission clinic to go over the planned process.
  • There may be imaging or pathology tests to be completed
  • You may need to be seen by the anaesthetist or a general physician prior to surgery.
  • You will need to fast prior to surgery. No food or drinks for at least 6 hours prior. If admission is in the morning fast from midnight, if in the afternoon fast from 7am.
  • Bring admission paperwork and imaging with you to hospital.
  • You will also need sleepwear, clothes, toiletries, phone charger, books or similar to pass time.
  • Do not apply moisturiser to the operative limb on the day of surgery.

Prepare for home

  • If you expect to need crutches, walking frame or knee scooter hire these prior and bring them to hospital.
  • Have someone organised to pick you up from hospital on the day of discharge.
  • Get a chair or stool for the shower if necessary.
  • Stock up on food, pre-prepare meals, use online shopping.
  • Think about clothing. If you are required to have a cast or boot on your foot-wide pants or a skirt that can be worn over it easily are helpful.
  • Have some simple medical items such as dressings, Panadol, and bandages at hand.