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Ortho/Spine Preoperative


Welcome to the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
Ortho Spine Pre Operative Website (uclahealth.org/orthospineinfo) 

We at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital want you to have a positive experience and a successful recovery from your upcoming joint replacement or spine surgery.  We have provided you with detailed information below to prepare you for your hospitalization and your postoperative period at home.

Please call us with questions at (310) 319-1225.  

This video will help you prepare for your surgery
This video is also available in windows media at


  1. Before your surgery
  2. What to expect immediately after surgery
  3. Pain management
  4. Post operative care
  5. Overview of spine surgery
  6. Overview of joint replacement surgery
  7. When you leave the hospital
  8. Information about our community
  9. Discharge planning instructions following your orthopaedic surgery
  10. Home Planning
  11. Physical and Occupational Therapy
  12. Pharmacy information
  13. How to use an incentive spirometer (pdf)
  14. Let's talk about pain control (pdf)
  15. A patient's guide to blood transfusion (pdf)

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