Medications for Before Surgery/Morning of Surgery

1 Week Before Surgery

  • Test dose of Oxycontin
    • Take one tablet of Oxycontin with dinner. Abstain from alcohol that evening. Call one of the nurses with a report as to how you did. Dr. Berger is looking for side effects (did you have nausea, sleepiness, etc.?).  It should not make you pain free from your arthritis pain; it will work differently after surgery for pain control.

2 Days Before Surgery

  • Start Senokot
    • If you experience loose or watery stools, STOP using the Senokot and resume it the night of surgery
    • If you are traveling from out of town wait and start your Senokot once you get to Chicago

The Night Before Surgery

  • Nothing to Eat or Drink after midnight
  • Try to get a good night’s sleep

The Morning of Surgery

  • Take 1 tablet of Oxycontin (10mg) with a sip of water before you leave to come to the hospital
  • Place the lidoderm patch on you back after you take a shower
  • Plan to arrive at the hospital 2.5 hours before your scheduled surgery time
  • Bring a photo ID and your insurance card with you
  • Leave all your valuables at home

What to do the Day of Surgery

Take medication as instructed by Dr. Berger’s staff or your internist Arrive at the hospital as instructed. You will need to come to the RUSH Tower at 1620 West Harrison (Follow the link or refer to the map at the front of your binder). Registration is on the 1st floor of the RUSH Tower. You can valet park at the RUSH Tower or be dropped off at the base of the building. You can also park in the parking garage and take the walkway on the 4th floor from the garage to the hospital. Take your parking ticket with you, as it will be validated on your surgical day. If you have questions about parking at the medical center, please call volunteer services at 312.942.5574

What do I need to bring with me the day of surgery?

  • Photo ID and Insurance card
  • Cane or crutches; if you do not have these devices, they will be given to you the day of surgery by the physical therapist
  • Dress appropriately
    • Loose-fitting pants, with an elastic waist band
    • Shoes with a non-skid sole, that you can easily put on, keeping in mind that swelling may be present
  • Friend or Family member

What should I leave at home?

  • Jewelry
  • Money/valuables
  • Contact lenses
  • Cell phone

Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement • • 1611 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612 • 312-432-2557