Prior to your shoulder replacement, your doctor will administer several tests including blood tests, and imaging tests such as MRI or X-rays. The imaging tests will allow your doctor to gauge the extent of the damage to the joint. The blood tests will give your doctor a gauge of your overall health. Doctors may order additional tests if they are deemed necessary. If it is determined that you are fit to undergo surgery, a date and time will be set for the procedure. You should not eat or drink past midnight before the surgery. If your doctor has told you to take any medication you should take them with small sips of water only.
Report to your surgery center at least two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. This will give you time to fill out all necessary paperwork. Be sure to have all of your medications with you including vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter medications. Prior to the surgery be sure to take ONLY the medication your doctor has told you are allowed.