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Things to Bring to the Hospital


A Checklist for an Average 24- to 48-Hour Stay

  • A legal picture identification (driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, social security card, green card/permanent resident card, military ID). A copy is acceptable.
  • Your hospitalization insurance card
  • X-rays or laboratory reports (if instructed by the staff)
  • Any assistive device you use (eg, cane, walker)
  • Your completed Health Care Proxy form
  • Paperwork, including consent forms, sent to you by your surgeon. Also bring a list of your current medications with dosages and medical information from your physician.
  • Your full printed copy of this manual – Your Pathway to Recovery: A Patient's Guide to Total Joint Replacement Surgery (Hip and Knee)
  • Nonslip, flat, closed toe, joint-supportive athletic or walking shoes
  • Personal toiletries
  • A small amount of money for newspapers or other incidentals
  • One credit card to purchase necessary medical equipment, or for transportation services
  • A book, magazine, or hobby item to occupy time
  • Please remove contacts and wear eye glasses

Please Do Not Bring

  • Medications, including narcotic substances (unless instructed by your HSS pharmacist). Self-medication during your Hospital stay is prohibited. It may lead to unsafe conditions like overdoses and/or drug interactions.
  • Valuables (except those mentioned above)
  • Jewelry: Remove and leave at home all piercings and jewelry, including wedding rings to ensure your safety during your Hospital stay. Otherwise, see a jeweler for assistance for removal if needed.