Preparing For Surgery

How to prepare for hip replacement surgery

This is the perfect time to make sure your body is in the best shape for surgery and a good time to prepare your home for your recovery.

In the weeks leading up to surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon may:

  • Restrict and/or supplement your diet
  • Ask you to stop taking certain medications
  • Refer you to a physical therapist and recommend if pre-surgical exercises are right for you

You and your caregiver should take this time to familiarize yourselves with the surgery and what to expect during your hospital stay. You should also find out what to bring to the hospital to make your time there more comfortable. Click here to learn what you can do to prepare your home for your rehabilitation.

There are many factors that influence ones decision to undergo joint replacement surgery. A key question you should ask yourself is how much pain is affecting your life, your ability to work, enjoy activities, and perform simple movements like climbing stairs or even sleep. If you feel as though you are not receiving enough relief from other treatments then it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery.
 
Considering Hip Replacements
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Many factors influence the decision to undergo joint replacement. A key question is how much pain is affecting your life, your ability to work, enjoy activities, perform simple movements like climbing stairs or even sleep. Another question is whether you’re getting enough relief from other treatments. Talking to your doctor and fully understanding the risks and benefits associated with the procedure is the best way to determine if hip replacement is right for you.

Coach K: “Why would anybody want to give up the ability to be mobile when they have an opportunity to do it. Like, I, I just … you know this, (hand gestures) mobile or immobile, what are you going to be, you know. I’m going to be mobile. I’m going to live a good life. I mean you only do this once. Why not take advantage of the technology that’s created right now for us and the expertise that’s there. It’s only getting better. It’s not getting worse. It’s getting better. And I am just glad I did it when I did it. And I wish, I wish that I would have done it earlier with my first hip replacement.”

Frederick H: “I was skiing. I was on a ski trip at Whistler and I was on my favorite trail, and it took me what would normally take me 15 minutes to make it from the bottom. It took me about 45 minutes because the pain was just so bad. And at that point, you know it was starting to affect other things that were pleasurable to me in my life. It was at that point that I decided I was going to have my hip replaced.”

Vicki H. “Over time, the pain was so severe that it was almost constantly with me. So, I was losing sleep at night, not able to sleep through the night, started to have back pain and issues like that. It’s living with pain like that makes you not a happy person and it is hard to keep a good frame of mind alot of times, especially at the end of the day when you have been working hard and you get home and you have other responsibilities. It weighs on you over time.”

Coach K: “Obviously you have doubts about doing it, you know? The very first thing that scares you is how painful will it be? You know, and my doctor said ‘well, how much pain are you in right now?’ and I said ‘alot.’ And he says, ‘It will be a lot less if we do this the right way. You follow my instructions and you won’t have any pain.’ That relieved a lot for me, okay. Then the fear of giving up time. That was after pain, the longest thing was how much time. Because I am coaching, and how can I fit this into my schedule and whatever? And they told me ‘look, for about a month, if you want to do this right, you follow everything completely right, it’s going to kind of immobilize you a little bit. But if you do it right there, after another month, you’re going to be really good."

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References
  • Jacoby, Dana. The Exclusive Guidebook to the World of Medicine. Med Ed Pub, Page 44. Publication date 4/28/2007

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip arthroscopy is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.