Before your surgery


  • Contact your surgeon's office if you are planning to visit the dentist within one month before your surgery.
  • Schedule your health history and physical exam.
  • Schedule your pre-surgery education class, if offered at your hospital.
  • Select a member of your care circle to be your personal support coach. You can learn more on page 16 of your printed manual.
  • Review the hospital pre-registration information on page 18 of your printed manual. If you are having your surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, schedule your Preoperative Clinic appointment.
  • Review this section of the website (which corresponds to the printed manual) and all other handouts given to you.
  • Review and complete your paperwork, including any surveys.
  • Make a list of all your current medicines.
  • Call your insurance provider with any questions you have about your coverage.
  • Talk with your family, friends and others close to you (your "care circle") about your needs after surgery. Learn more about discharge planning.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Hip Replacement, fifth edition, ortho-ah-90139
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 05/26/2017