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Before Surgery

  • Find an experienced surgeon – Your orthopedic surgeon will become an important person in your life for years to come. Make sure you are comfortable with your doctor’s approach, level of experience and personality.
  • Educate yourself about your surgery – Learn as much as possible about pre-op preparations, the procedure, post-op care, precautions and possible complications. Ask your doctor to go over your surgical plan, outcomes and long-term care in detail.
  • Seek a second opinion – Your surgeon should honor your right to confer with another, well-respected orthopedist if you have any doubts.
  • Plan ahead – Schedule surgery when you can afford to take time off from work, and when it will be least disruptive to your family.
  • Weigh risks versus benefits – Reconcile the big picture in your mind so you don’t go into surgery dwelling on risks or potential complications.
  • Have a positive attitude – Be encouraged and focus on the high rate of success for joint procedures.
  • Talk with past patients – Hearing about other’s successes can help you gain perspective and ease your mind.
  • Visualize getting your life back – The pain and deterioration of your joint severely diminished your quality of life. Think about how much things can improve after surgery.
  • Realize feeling tense or anxious is normal – Don’t fight it!
  • Actively participate – Make a commitment to do your part to ensure a positive outcome and assume responsibility for your own care (i.e., follow precautions, do exercises daily, etc.). Consult with your orthopedic surgeon with questions or concerns.
  • One of the best things smokers can do to prepare for surgery is to quit smoking – It will help prevent lung problems during and after the procedure, reduce the risk for infections after surgery, help surgery-related wounds heal better, and improve the success rate of surgery. We offer a program to help you stop smoking. Click here to find out more.
  • Don’t view the recovery process as time lost – This is time to rest and recuperate. Time invested in rehabilitation is necessary for better health.
  • Prioritize physical therapy – Realize your physical therapy and post-op exercise regimen are critical for a successful outcome. Think of each exercise as a stepping-stone toward improved strength, range of motion and function.
  • Prepare for downtime – Organize, schedule appointments and take care of as much business as possible before surgery.
  • Take multi-vitamins and eat well-balanced meals – Be particularly health conscious during the weeks and months leading up to surgery to promote better healing.
  • Be conscious of infection – If you have any sign of any kind of infection anywhere in your body you must postpone surgery.
  • Ask about current medications – Find out if you need to stop taking any prescription, over-the-counter or herbal remedies before surgery.
  • Adapt your environment – Get ready for homecoming before you go to the hospital by having a raised toilet seat, reachers and other adaptive equipment already available.
  • Arrange for help – Plan for someone to be with you, especially for the first week or two at home. If no one is available, make arrangements to enter a postop inpatient rehabilitation facility until you are independent enough to care for yourself at home.

1 Adapted from an excerpt of “Arthritis of the Hip & Knee,” by Allen, Brander M.D., and Stulberg M.D., as it appeared on http://arthritis.about.com/od/surgicaltreatments/a/tipsforsurgery.htm.

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