Preparing your mind and body for surgery

Studies have shown that if your mind and body are ready for surgery you may sleep better and have less anxiety and pain. Your hospital stay may also be shorter.

The Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing

The Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing offers services to help you as you prepare for and recover from surgery. Call 612-863-3333 for more information, or ask your health care team which services are offered at your hospital.

Preparing for surgery

You will receive information with the date and time of your surgery and the time you need to arrive at the hospital.

You will be asked to come to the hospital at least 2 hours before your schedule surgery.  This will give the health care team enough time to prepare you for surgery.

It is important to arrive on time.  Your time of surgery could start earlier than expected.  If you are late, your surgery may be delayed or it may need to be canceled and scheduled at a later date.  Please call your surgeon's office if you have any questions.

You can ask your health care provider about getting a temporary handicap parking form.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Knee Replacement, seventh edition, ortho-ah-90140
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 02/01/2020