The Surgery Process

Having any type of surgery can make you feel anxious. At Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital we do all we can to put you and your family at ease. From pre-operative education to private patient rooms and a review of frequently asked questions following your group physical therapy, we want to make you and your family as comfortable as possible.

Before your surgery, you will be encouraged to attend Joint Replacement Camp where you will have an opportunity to hear from our specially trained orthopedic nurse navigator, receive information about your specific surgery including a pre-operative checklist, information about how to prepare yourself and your home, pain management and post-operative exercises. We also provide cholrhexadine gluconate (CHG) soap during Joint Camp with instructions for using it for five showers before the morning of surgery. This special soap helps to decrease the normal amount of bacteria that is on the skin, therefore helping to decrease the chance of an infection.

On the day of your surgery, you will be directed to check in at the registration desk on the first floor. You will be registered and taken back to the day surgery area to get prepared for your surgery. Intravenous antibiotics are given within an hour before the incision is made and then continued for 24 hours post-op.

Typically you will be discharged after one or two nights. Your discharge instructions will be reviewed with you and your care partner by a nurse. These instructions include your home care orders, when your surgeon would like to see you back in their office for follow-up and sings and symptoms that should be reported to your surgeon.

For your convenience, we now have an outpatient pharmacy within the hospital where you can fill your discharge prescriptions.

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