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Hip and Knee Joint Replacement

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Arrive 3 hours before your scheduled operation time:

Pre-Operative Care Unit (POCU)
​​​​​​​​​​Toronto Western Hospital​
Fell Pavilion – 2nd Floor, Room 116
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All hospital entrances are open by 6 am, however the Leonard entrance (between Nassau and Wales) is easiest to acc​ess.

What will happen before my operation?
  • We will take your temperature, pulse, check your breathing, blood pressure, and do any other tests at this time.
  • You will change into a hospital gown. Any belongings you do not need should be sent home with your family members.
  • Your surgical team will interview you when you arrive in the surgical patient waiting area.
  • The surgeon will mark the location for the joint replacement surgery on your body.
  • Once in the operating room, we will help you onto the operating room table and you will be kept warm with a blanket.
  • We will put a blood pressure cuff on your arm and an oxygen monitor on your finger.
  • We will register your heartbeat on a heart monitor. A plastic mask will be placed over your face to give you oxygen.
  • We will give you medicine through an intravenous line. You will need the intravenous line for a couple of days.


Will I be given anesthesia?
  • The anesthesiologist will talk to you about the anesthesia that will be used for surgery.
  • Regional anesthesia is typically used for this operation. This involves injecting anesthetic (freezing) medication directly into the part of your body being operated on.
  • Regional anesthesia lowers the chances of side effects, such as nausea, sleepiness, sore throat and constipation, which may accompany other anesthetic options.