The morning of surgery

  • If you were given instructions by your health care provider to take medicines the morning of your surgery, take them as directed with a small sip of water.
  • Do not take a bath or shower the morning of your surgery.
  • Put on clean, comfortable clothes to wear to the hospital.
  • Arrive at the hospital at least two hours before your surgery. Allow extra time for walking, bad weather and traffic.

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