Questions to Ask Before Total Joint Replacement Surgery

During total joint replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center removes the damaged or diseased components of the joint and places a prosthesis, or artificial joint. This surgery enables patients with joint problems to regain mobility and enjoy relief of pain. If you’re interested in learning more about joint replacement surgery, you can watch the video featured here and speak with an orthopedic specialist at your community hospital .

Should I Have Joint Replacement Surgery?

If you experience pain in your knee, hip, or shoulder, and have trouble carrying out daily activities, then joint replacement surgery may be right for you. However, only a physician at your local hospital can determine if you’re a good candidate for this surgery. During your consultation, your physician will thoroughly review your medical history, consider your joint symptoms, and conduct a physical exam. You can also expect to undergo diagnostic tests, such as blood tests and imaging scans, to determine if joint replacement surgery is right for you .

How Should I Prepare?

As you’ll learn when you watch the featured video, having joint replacement surgery at a hospital that provides extensive patient support is important. The hospital in this video provides pre-operative classes, which allow patients to undergo assessments and learn what they can expect from the procedure. Generally, patients can prepare for joint replacement by losing weight if necessary, quitting smoking if applicable, and modifying the home to make it safer during recovery.

How Can I Facilitate My Recovery?

The best way to facilitate your recovery is to follow your healthcare team’s instructions. Before you even leave the hospital, you’ll begin working through a rehabilitation program with the help of physical and occupational therapists. Prior to your surgery, you should have arranged to have someone stay at your home for a while after you’ve been discharged.

The Total Joint Program at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides patients with a personalized orthopedic experience. Our continuum of care empowers patients to become active participants in their own healthcare, from pre-operative education through rehabilitation. Residents of the Thousand Oaks area are invited to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.