Focus on Your Health

In the weeks prior to surgery, it is important to focus on your physical health. The healthier and stronger you are prior to surgery, the better you can reduce the chance of complications and speed up your recovery process.

  • Most patients are asked to get thorough physical and dental examinations
  • Complete urine and blood tests, x-rays, and heart monitoring
  • If you smoke, quit
  • You may be asked to lose weight 
  • Inform your doctor of any medications you are currently taking
  • If able, stay active. Ask your surgeon about exercises or therapy they recommend
  • Ask your surgeon about donating blood prior to surgery in case of transfusion during surgery


Arrange Assistance

When you leave the hospital or surgery center you will need help with most basic activities. Make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up and stay with you for a week or two. If you need help finding someone to fill this role, your surgeon can assist you in finding a home caregiver or rehabilitation facility. 

Make Your Home Recovery Ready

Spending time prior to surgery making sure your home is a comfortable and safe environment to recover in will greatly ease the process.

General Preparations

  • Remove throw rugs and door mats
  • Fix or remove loose electrical and telephone cords
  • If possible, fix or modify uneven or broken floors and thresholds
  • If needed, clear furniture and other items from needed pathways
  • Ensure all regularly used items are easy to access: phones, remotes, medications, etc.
  • Install nightlights
  • Reachers and grabbers will be helpful
  • Have lots of books, magazines, and movies available

Kitchen and Meals

  • Make arrangements for your meals to get delivered 
  • Stock up on canned goods, prepared foods, and other needed items
  • Prepare and freeze meals ahead of time
  • Place all food, cooking supplies, and utensils in low, easy-to-reach locations


  • Place a chair in your shower
  • Get a handheld shower head and a long-handled sponge
  • Place a slip-proof mat in your shower
  • Get a raised toilet seat
  • Install handrails by your shower and toilet
  • Stock up on toiletries and store them in easy-to-reach locations
  • Wash all of your towels, linens and clothing and ensure they are easily accessed


  • If it is not already, set up your bed on the first floor
  • Replace any unstable bedside tables or furniture you may lean on for balance
  • Have an easily accessed phone and light next to your bed