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Things to Bring to the Hospital


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

A legal picture identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, social security card, green card/permanent resident card, military i.d.)
Your hospitalization insurance and prescription cards
X-rays or laboratory reports (if instructed by the staff)
A cane, if you use one, for your therapist to evaluate
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 Knee Replacement Surgery
Non-slip, flat, supportive athletic or walking shoes
Personal toiletries
A small amount of money for newspapers
One credit card for TV, telephone rental, or to purchase necessary medical equipment
A book, magazine, or hobby item to occupy time
Eyeglasses, NOT contact lenses

Please Do Not Bring

  • Medication (unless instructed by your medical doctor or HSS pharmacy representative, as HSS may not stock specific brands of medications)
  • Valuables (except those mentioned above)
  • Jewelry