The day before surgery

  • Tell your surgeon if you have any changes in your health (sore throat, cold, fever, dental problem, urinating problem) or skin condition (rash, abrasions). You may need to schedule your surgery for a later date.
  • Take your regular medicines (heart, blood pressure, diabetes or pain medicine) as directed by your primary care provider with a small sip of water. Your primary care provider will tell you if he or she does not want you to take any or all of your regular medicines.
  • Bathe or shower using the “Cleansing Your Skin for Your Surgery” instructions on the next pages or as directed by your surgeon.

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