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Other Frequently Asked Questions

What medicines should I stop before surgery?

It is important to stop medicines that interfere with blood clotting two weeks before surgery. They include:

  • Herbs and supplements
  • Vitamin E
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen, naprosyn, aspirin and name brands such as Advil, Motrin, Celebrex, Mobic or Aleve

You may use Tylenol for pain before surgery.

If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin™ or Plavix™, you will need to discuss with your surgeon and primary care doctor when it is safe to stop these medicines. In general, Coumadin™ should be stopped five days before surgery.

What should I bring to the hospital?

When you come to the hospital, wear the same clothes that you will wear home. Please wear loose fitting clothing and rubber-soled shoes. For the first day or two in the hospital, you will wear a gown. The loose clothes will be useful for therapy sessions and for going home.

Please bring personal items, such as a toothbrush, hairbrush and a book or magazine to read.

Don't bring any money or jewelry.

Will I need to go to rehabilitation?

Everyone gets both physical therapy and occupational therapy while they're in the hospital (usually two times per day during their stay). Most people should go directly home after two to three days in the hospital and continue rehabilitation at home and then in an outpatient setting.

Some people, however, may need to spend a few extra days in a hospital-like setting or rehabilitation center. Reasons for this include:

  • Other painful joints that make walking difficult after surgery.
  • No help at home. Most people who have a family member or friend to help for the week after surgery can go home.
  • Too many steps. You learn how to do steps in the hospital. We can help to get your house organized so that the bathroom and bed are on one level.

What equipment will I need at home?

You'll need a walker and an elevated toilet seat. These items will be organized during your hospital stay.

How do I let you know about my experience?

Patient satisfaction is very important to us. Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to on-going measurement of patient and customer satisfaction. Patient and customer responses that we receive from surveys (like the Press-Ganey survey we send to patients' homes) help us track our progress in providing superior customer service.

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