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Frisch Ortho Hip and Knee Specialist
  • Rochester

The Day of Surgery

What to bring with you the day of surgery:

  • Photo ID and insurance card
  • Cane, crutches or walker
    • If you do not have these devices prior to the day of surgery, they will be given to you that day or the day of discharge if you stay overnight
  • Dress appropriately
    • You may wish to bring some clothes from home with you if you are staying in the hospital.
    • Please make sure that any clothing you intend to wear during your stay is large enough to fit over your bandage on your knee.
    • Clothing like shorts or wide leg sweat pants are preferred.
  • Friend or family member
  • Leave the following at home:
    • Jewelry
    • Money/valuables

What to expect when you arrive to the hospital:

  • Once you arrive, you will check in at the surgical registration desk. There you will be directed to the preoperative area where you will prepare for your surgery.
  • An intravenous (IV) line will be started in your arm so fluids and medications can be administered.
  • You will then meet with the anesthesiologist and their team to discuss what type of anesthesia will be best for you.
  • Anesthesia, including spinal and general, will be considered.

You will meet with Dr. Frisch preoperatively before you go to the operating room.

  • He will mark your surgical knee and talk to you about any concerns you may have.
  • You will meet your nurse and other assistants that will be in the room with you that day.


  • When it is time to go to the operating room, your family/friends will be escorted to the waiting area.
  • Once you are brought to the operating room, we will position you comfortably for your procedure.
  • After surgery, you will be transported to an area called the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or recovery room.
  • Your stay in the PACU will depend upon your rate of recovery from the effects of the anesthesia.
    • Nurses will check your vital signs: blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate — and monitor your progress.
  • You will receive an ice pack to the surgical joint at that time.
  • Pain medications will be provided through your IV as needed while you are recovering.
    • Once you begin tolerating liquids you may be transitioned to oral pain medication.
  • If you are staying overnight in the hospital, you may be in recovery for approximately one hour before you are transferred to the hospital floor.
  • If you are going home the day of surgery, you will be allowed to go home once you are tolerating liquids, able to ambulate and have performed physical therapy exercise safely.

Credibility Links

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • Michigan Institute for Advanced Surgery Center
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