Joint Replacement

Not as scary as it sounds

As you get older, it’s not unusual to have problems with your hip and knee joints. In fact, hip and knee replacements are some of the most common procedures that our orthopedic surgeons perform. The procedure is easier than you expect, and with a partial or total knee or hip replacement, you can feel younger and once again enjoy the freedom to move without pain.

Getting ready for surgery

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. The same can be said about joint surgery, where your transition into your new hip or knee can be eased with some planning ahead of time. Here are a few things to think about.

Understanding your particular surgery

Take some time well in advance to understand your specific surgery and circumstance. Call the hospital and talk about the admission process and some of the things you can do to make it easier. Research the kind of anesthesia and type of implant you will receive, and how long you’ll be in the hospital. If you have any friends who have had joint surgery, talk with them to find out what to expect.

Know whom to call

Put together a list of names, addresses and phone numbers of your doctors. Also make a list of any medical conditions and previous operations you’ve had, as well as current medications you take. Bring this list to the hospital with you so your doctors and nurses are as informed as possible.

Make like back at home a little easier

Joint replacement these days has a quick recovery, but you should still anticipate a little adjustment back into life. Consider preparing and freezing several meals ahead of time so you don’t have to cook in your first few days back at home. If your bed is upstairs, consider arranging the first floor of your house to allow you to sleep there for a few days. Temporarily remove any rugs, chords or other items to minimize the risk of tripping.

Pack your bag

Don’t forget to pack your bag for the hospital. Bring some slippers, something to read, personal care items and loose fitting clothing.

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