Preparing for Hip & Knee Replacement

Surgery is a team effort at Cedars-Sinai, and you are the most important member of the team. Patients who play an active role in their care will have a better experience during surgery and recovery. Follow these steps to prepare yourself and your home for your joint surgery journey.

Choosing Your Coach—the First and Most Important Thing to Do

You will need to choose someone to be your “support coach” to help you before and after surgery. More than one person can be your support coach. The coach may be your spouse, a family member or a friend. We encourage your coach to also attend the joint surgery education with you and read this information so they are fully prepared to help you recover.

Your coach will help by:

  • Going with you to pre-surgery appointments
  • Going with you to the hospital on the day of surgery
  • Encouraging you during the recovery process in the hospital
  • Taking you home after your surgery and helping you with care
  • Going with you to the post-surgery appointments

When you return home from the hospital, your coach will need to help you for the first few days. You may need help fixing meals, getting dressed and moving around your home.

Important Cedars-Sinai Phone Numbers

We are here to help you in any way. Please call us with your questions or concerns about your care.

Clinical Joint Surgery Managers

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Pharmacy

Case Management/Social Worker

Medical Records

Parking Office

Patient Financial Services/Billing

Spiritual Care (Rabbi or Chaplain)

Getting Ready for Your Surgery

Planning and being prepared will help you have less worry and anxiety. This will lower your stress and help you focus your attention on your recovery. This information will help you get ready for your surgery and your stay at Cedars-Sinai.


  • Step 1: Choose your support coach
  • Step 2: Sign up for My CS-Link
  • Step 3: Schedule your preoperative medical evaluation exam
  • Step 4: Schedule other healthcare appointments
  • Step 5: Sign up for your joint surgery education class
  • Step 6: Make plans to safely recover at home
  • Step 7: Make sure your surgeon has all your medical evaluation exam paperwork and lab results
  • Step 8: Preregister for your surgery
  • Step 9: Fill out an advance healthcare directive
  • Step 10: It is time to stop shaving
  • Step 11: Make a list of your medications
  • Step 12: Prepare your home for a safe recovery and rehabilitation
  • Step 13: Expect a phone call from a Clinical Joint Surgery Manager who will help you prepare for your surgery and plan for recovery

What to Know on the Day of Surgery

Your surgery scheduler will give you instructions about when to be at the hospital and where to check in. You should check in at the hospital with plenty of time to meet your care team and get ready for surgery.

Parking

Please park in North Tower Parking (P1), South Tower Parking (P3) or Pavilion Parking (P4). For all visitor parking lots, the first hour is free, and each hour after that costs $5 up to a daily maximum of $15. Valet parking is available in these three lots and is the same price as self-parking.

Registration and Waiting Area

  • When you arrive at the hospital you will check in on a kiosk and wait in the lobby to be taken to registration.
  • Once registered, we will give you an ID wristband that has your name and other identifying information.
    • Members of the care team will ask you your name and look at your ID wristband many times while you are in the hospital. Checking your ID helps us keep you safe.
  • Following registration, you will be brought to the lobby waiting area on the floor where you will be having surgery.
  • When the operating room staff is ready, a staff person will take you from the lobby to a pre-op area to prepare you for your surgery.

The Pre-Op Area

  • When you arrive in the pre-op area, we will give you a hospital gown to change into. You will put your clothes and other belongings into a bag with your name on it. We will give the bag to your coach or back to you after surgery.
  • A nurse will make sure that the information in your medical record is correct. The nurse will check your vital signs (your blood pressure, heartbeat and breathing) and do a short physical exam. Keep your medication list with you so you can give it to your nurse, and they will share it with the rest of your team.
  • You will meet with your anesthesiologist and talk about your medications, anesthesia history and anesthesia options for your surgery. Anesthesia options may include medication for sleep during the operation and medication to numb your leg. You will be able to ask questions about your anesthesia and pain control at that time.
  • A nurse or anesthesiologist will put an intravenous tube (IV) in a vein in your arm or hand.
  • Your surgeon or PA (physician assistant) will meet with you and verify the location and the type of surgery you are having. They will mark the surgery site.
  • Your coach, family or friends can stay with you until you are ready to go to the operating room, unless restrictions are in place.

During Surgery – the Operating Room

  • In the operating room, you will meet the care team that will be getting the operating room ready and will assist your surgeon, PA and anesthesiologist during surgery.
  • You will be in the operating room for two to three hours.
  • When your surgery is over, you will wake up and will be taken to the recovery room.