How to Prepare for Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is among the most commonly performed types of orthopedic surgery. It has helped many people return to the activities they enjoy by improving mobility and relieving joint pain. If you’ve decided to have surgery and your doctor agrees that you’re a good candidate, there are a few steps you need to take before being admitted to the hospital for the procedure. Patients at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center will receive extensive pre-operative education. Watching this instructional video presented by Los Robles Hospital will help you understand what it takes to prepare for surgery.

Consulting Your Surgeon

Ask your physician about the pre-admission tests you may need, such as blood tests and imaging scans. Disclose all of your medications, including over-the-counter drugs, and supplements. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications for two weeks prior to the surgery to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding. Remember to inform your surgeon of any medical conditions you may have, such as allergies or diabetes.

Improving Overall Wellness

Another way to prepare for joint replacement surgery is to improve your overall wellness. Taking steps such as losing weight, exercising, and quitting smoking, if applicable, can help reduce your risk of surgical complications and facilitate your recovery. For example, if you expect to use a walker or crutches after your surgery, strengthening your upper body will help you move around.

Preparing for Recovery at Home

Arrange to have a family member or friend drive you home from the hospital. In this featured video, you’ll learn why it’s a good idea to assign a family member the role of a coach to support your recovery. This video also covers home modifications you may need to make to improve your safety. For example, you should remove all tripping hazards and you should only sit in chairs that have armrests and do not feature wheels.

The Total Joint Program at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides the latest advances in medical technology combined with a personalized approach to wellness. Residents throughout the Thousand Oaks area can visit our hospital on the Web for more information about preparing for surgery. Or, call the Consult-A-Nurse line for our community hospital at (877) 888-5746.

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