The day before 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 two hours before your scheduled 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.

  • 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.
  • If you take diabetes medicine, ask the health care provider who is managing your diabetes if you should take your medicine before surgery.
  • Bathe or shower using the cleansing your skin for your surgery instructions or as directed by your surgeon.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Knee Replacement, fifth edition, ortho-ah-90140
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 05/26/2017