My TKR is May 21, and I'm anxious about spending the night alone in the hospital. My concerns are mostly due to pain control. The PA at my surgeon's office made a comment that I should make sure I ALWAYS ask for pain medication when I need/want it, as the nurses will NOT offer it on their own. So even if I am allowed it, it's all up to me to keep track of time. My worry is if I'm all alone and half out of it with pain/grogginess, there will be no one to advocate for me. What does that leave me but setting alarms on my cell phone to wake me up so I don't get behind the pain---and hoping I'm coherent enough to be my own advocate. Any thoughts/experiences/advice would be appreciated. I had a horrid pain control experience after a big knee surgery in 2015 and am super anxious about this. As for why I'll be alone, my husband thinks it's not necessary for him to stay, and he'll rest better (and be better off for my at home post-op) if he gets a good night's sleep. Due to the location of the hospital, he's likely staying with friends that live 20 minutes from the hospital. Like I said,I think he COULD stay the night, but he doesn't necessarily see a need. I think he expects these nurses to have my pain meds scheduled around the clock, and I just don't get the impression things are done that way anymore due to the opioid epidemic.