How to Prepare for Hip Replacement Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

Being able to golf, hike, swim, and spend the day walking around the theme park with your grandchildren may be keeping your spirits up about your upcoming hip surgery. But if you’re feeling a little anxious about it, you’re not alone.

To help ease your anxiety, we do our best at Orthopedic Associates of Reading to help you prepare for your hip replacement surgery so you’re in the best place physically, mentally, and emotionally before we take you into the operating room.

Ask us questions

To prepare you mentally and emotionally for your surgery, it’s important to know what to expect, so we go over the ins and outs of your hip replacement so there are no surprises. This not only helps you understand what’s going to happen, but also builds on our doctor-patient relationship to establish trust.

After we’ve gone over what’s going to happen, it’s your turn to ask questions. All of your questions are important to us and we will do our best to answer them.

Set up all your appointments

We want you to be as prepared as possible, like we will be the day of your surgery, so we help set up all your pre-surgical appointments to get you ready for your hip replacement. This may include:

During these appointments you will receive instructions on how to take your prescription medications before and after your surgery. If you’re taking blood thinners, you may need to stop these medications at least a week before your surgery.

We also recommend you visit your dentist well before your hip replacement. Having a dental procedure after your hip replacement may increase your risk of infection.

At each appointment, we encourage you to continue to ask questions and express any concerns you may have about your hip replacement. We want to address them and help make your experience a positive one.

Get as healthy as possible

If you want to return to doing the things you love as quickly as possible following your hip replacement, then you need to get as healthy as possible before your surgery. This means exercising to the best of your ability and eating a healthy diet.

If you’re struggling with exercise, we can have one of our therapists work with you to develop a safe home exercise program. If you’re carrying a little extra weight, a healthy diet and exercise plan may help you lose a few pounds and reduce stress on your joints.

Prep your house

Hip replacement significantly affects your mobility, especially during those first few weeks of recovery. While we do our best to get you mobile immediately following your procedure, you may need to make a few changes at home before your surgery to make life a little easier with your limited mobility.

If you have a two-story home, we recommend you make the first floor your primary residence until the therapist says you’re safe for stairs. To reduce your risk of tripping, clear a wide path for you to move around. Pick up all throw rugs and put all the things you need within reach.

We may also recommend special tools to help, such as:

You’re going to need help during the first few weeks of your recovery, which means you need to swallow your pride and get assistance from friends and family.

Last-minute preparations

The day before your surgery, you’re going to be riding an emotional roller coaster. We recommend you do your best to keep things as light as possible and try to prepare your house and get all your supplies well in advance to minimize stress.

Things to remember to do the day before your surgery:

With the right preparation, you can expect to be back to your usual self without pain as quickly as possible. If you have questions about hip replacements or want to talk to one of our orthopedic specialists, call Orthopedic Associates of Reading or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

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