Well before you head over to the hospital for your joint replacement surgery, you’ll meet with your orthopedic care team and gain medical clearance. You can expect to undergo medical exams and tests to make sure it’s safe for you to have the surgery. If so, the orthopedic team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will help you prepare for your brief hospital stay and at-home recovery.
Modify Your Home
Watch this featured video to gain some insights from the Director of Orthopedics and Neuroscience at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. She discusses some simple modifications you can make to your home to facilitate your recovery. These include setting up adequate seating with solid armrests, shifting frequently used items so that they are at waist-level, and making the bathroom safer. Be sure to remove throw rugs and any clutter from the floor to reduce your risk of falling after your surgery.
Set Up Your Recovery Area
While you rest at home, it can be helpful to have a “recovery station.” This may be in your bed or on a comfortable couch in your living room. Fill your prescriptions in advance and use a pill organizer to help you keep track of your medications. Along with your medications, place items at your recovery station that may be helpful to you, such as the TV remote control, facial tissues, phone, reading materials, and beverages.
Manage Your Physical Wellness
Another way to prepare for an orthopedic surgery is to boost your physical health. Your orthopedic surgeon may ask you to quit smoking if you currently use tobacco since this can inhibit your healing. You may also be asked to lose some weight to reduce the stress on your new joint. Consider working with a physical therapist to strengthen your muscles before the operation. Additionally, it’s important to refrain from alcohol for a minimum of 48 hours before your joint replacement procedure.
When you become a patient of the Total Joint Program at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, you’ll receive all the information you need to prepare for your joint replacement procedure. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks offers a continuum of care, from pre-operative consults to post-surgical rehabilitation. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746 to request a referral to a specialist at our hospital.