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Preparing for a Total Joint Replacement Surgery
Total joint replacement surgeries are not too dissimilar from other outpatient surgeries. However, there a few things you should know about preparing for the surgery and about the surgery itself.
Prior to your surgery, your care team will contact you about stopping certain medications a few days before your procedure. You may also need to supply additional medical information, such as medical clearance from your primary care provider or specialist, laboratory tests and advance directives.
For the procedure, you may have general anesthesia. Some patients also have a regional anesthetic, which numbs the leg and does not require you to be completely asleep. It will also help with pain control after surgery. The choice is between you, your surgeon, and your anesthesia provider.