Preparing for Orthopedic Surgery

With our focus on high quality, you can feel good about choosing our hospital for orthopedic surgery. The following information is designed to help you prepare for surgery and know what to expect. Your orthopedic surgeon will provide many more details specific to your procedure and answer all questions before your day of surgery.

Pre-Operative Instructions

Prior to surgery, you will typically receive at least two phone calls from us:
  • A hospital registration representative will call to gather insurance and other personal information
  • A registered nurse will call to review your health history and medication information
Depending on your health history, your physician may require the following before surgery:
  • Pre-surgical laboratory tests
  • New X-rays or MRI
  • Medical clearance from your primary care provider for surgery and anesthesia
Pre-operative instructions vary depending on your condition, physician and procedure, so please consult with your orthopedic surgeon prior to surgery. In general, most surgeons require that patients do not eat or drink after midnight the night before. Additionally, you will need to designate a family member or friend to drive you home after outpatient or inpatient surgery. For safety reasons, surgical patients are not allowed to drive themselves home. If you have questions about orthopedic surgery and how to prepare for it, please contact us.

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At KCOI the health of our patients and staff is paramount.

Designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to follow these guidelines when visiting our hospitals and clinics:

Sanitize Hands
Mask Requirement
Symptom Check
01/15/2023: PLEASE NOTE THAT MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED FOR ALL STAFF, PATIENTS & VISITORS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES. Please exchange any cloth masks, gaiters, bandanas, masks with valves or vents, face shields or sheer/mesh masks with a hospital grade mask.  These are available at each entrance.  Thank you for your compliance. 
KCOI Hospital and Physical/Occupational Therapy Visitor Policy:

Physician Clinics and Hospital Outpatient Departments and Physical/Occupational Therapy Locations – One person (and a healthcare associate if indicated) may accompany the patient to the clinic.

Hospital Surgery Patients – One person may accompany the patient to the Pre-Operative area on admission and until they are taken back to the Surgery suite. The family or companion will then be escorted to the surgery waiting area.

  • Outpatient Surgery Patients – The family or companion will be notified to return to Post-Operative area to receive outpatient discharge instructions just prior to patient discharge.
  • Inpatient Surgery Patients – The family or companion will be notified when they may visit with Patient in the Inpatient Unit after recovery. Visitors to the Inpatient Unit are not restricted unless medically indicated.

Hospital Surgery Waiting Room – The hospital waiting room on the second floor has been reopened and due to space we ask that one visitor per patient may remain in the waiting room while the patient is in ISS, surgery or recovery.

Exceptions may be made for legal or special need such as:  Accompanying a minor (one parent/guardian), Assisting patients with cognitive or communication needs, Wheelchair assistance, Work comp Nurses.

Please note the above policies are subject to change pending public health recommendations.