Preparing for surgery

In the ten days leading up to surgery, there are certain things you should do to prepare, such as a final check-up in your surgeon’s office and scheduling two-week and six-week post-operation visits.


Pre-operative classes are for those who have already scheduled their joint replacement surgery or spine surgery at Edward or Elmhurst hospitals and have the surgery date set.

Patient guides

During the pre-operative class, you will receive a patient guidebook for your specific orthopedic surgery. It will describe what to expect before, during and after surgery. Links to the electronic copies below are meant to be used as a back-up. You should always attend your pre-op class.

The guidebooks below are labeled by hospital. Please only review the guidebook that applies to the hospital where you are scheduled to have surgery, i.e. review the Elmhurst patient guidebook for surgery at Elmhurst Hospital and the Edward patient guidebook for surgery at Edward Hospital, as there are slight but important differences between the two programs.

Pre-Op & Post-Op Videos and Presentations

Click on the + to see videos and presentations by hospital for your particular procedure.

Hip & Knee - Before Surgery (Hospital Stay)

For Hip and Knee Surgery at Edward Hospital (Hospital Stay)


For Hip or Knee Surgery at Elmhurst Hospital

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Hip & Knee - Before Surgery (Same Day Surgery)

For Hip & Knee Surgery at Edward Hosptial (Same Day Surgery)

Hip & Knee - After Surgery

After Hip and Knee Surgery at Edward Hospital

Hip Replacement Discharge Instructions


Knee Replacement Discharge Instructions

Spine - Before Surgery

Spine Surgery at Edward Hospital


Spine Surgery at Elmhurst Hospital


Spine - After Surgery

After Spine Surgery at Edward Hospital

Cervical Spine Discharge Instructions

Lumbar Spine Discharge Instructions

Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Surgery at Edward Hospital

Total Shoulder Arthoplasty Pre-Op Education