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Preparing for Your Surgery

Our expertise assures our patients receive the most optimal care.

Patients who come to HSS find a highly focused, multidisciplinary team that can address every aspect of their musculoskeletal condition. Patients benefit from the interaction of orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, rheumatologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, and other medical specialties collaborating on the best approach to care. Working alongside them are case managers, patient liaisons, social workers, patient advocates, chaplains, interpreters, support staff and volunteers to provide a positive, seamless experience.

The following contains information about what you can expect as a patient, as well as resources for you before, during and after surgery.

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    HSS Patient Guides
    View or download our PDF guides to inpatient and outpatient surgery at HSS
  • Image - Surgery: What to Expect
    Explore the lifecycle of surgery at HSS, from the weeks before through to recovery
  • Image - Preoperative Education
    Classes and materials for spine and joint replacement surgery patients

Surgical Patient Guides

Specific Therapy and Procedure Guides


Surgical Location Guides

See additional location guides that provide planning, location and logistics information for day of surgery.

Useful Phone Numbers

Main Operator: 212.606.1000
24-hour Patient Information: 212.606.1377
Family Resource Line: 212.774.7547

Patient & Family Atrium Phone Numbers:
1st Floor: 646.797.8301
4th Floor: 212.774.2201
9th Floor: 212.774.2179

  • Image - Discharge Planning
    Coordinated by case managers (registered nurses and licensed social workers)
  • Image - Information for Caregivers

    Integral patient care information for designated caregivers

  • Image - Opioids & Your Recovery
    Our conservative approach to prescribing opioids and medication safety tips