Tri-City Medical Center
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Oceanside, CA 92056

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Pre-Operative Checklist: Shoulder Replacement Surgery

day-of-surgeryPlease have a family member or friend to help you upon discharge home for at least the first 2-3 days.

If at all possible, please have this person attend the joint class with you. If your surgeon recommends discharge to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) for short-term rehab prior to returning home, we suggest contacting and/or visiting at least 3 facilities before surgery.

This will help you select a facility when the time comes to be transferred out of the hospital. Our Discharge Planner/Case Manager can assist you by advising which SNF is covered by your insurance.

Home Safety Checklist

  • Remove items blocking walkways such as furniture, which may cause you to trip.
  • Remove throw rugs and secure extension cords so they are out of the way.
  • Safety rails are suggested for the tub/shower/toilet and wherever you may need additional support. Make sure they are securely fastened.
  • Pets, as much as you love them, can be a tripping hazard. Additionally, their “kisses”, or dander may contaminate your surgical incisions. Always wash your hands after contact with your pet.

Day of Surgery

When you arrive, please go to the hospital’s main entrance lobby. You will be directed to Patient Relations. From there, you will be escorted to the Preoperative Holding Area. While in the Preoperative Holding Area, your family member or significant other will be invited to sit with you until surgery.

The nurse will review pre-surgical instructions and begin post-surgical teaching. Your anesthesiologist will meet with you as well to discuss anesthesia options and perform a short physical examination. Here you will also meet your operating room nurse, and have an opportunity to ask any outstanding questions. You will then be taken to the Operating Room. A shoulder replacement generally takes about 2 hours.