Expert Advice on How to Prepare for Total Hip Replacement Surgery

August 22nd, 2014

 A patient preparing for a major joint replacement surgery, such as a hip replacement, is often met with a wide variety of thoughts and emotions. While the prospect of a life without constant pain is exciting and is obviously enough reason to go through with the surgery, the patient still has to face the common anxiety that comes with an approaching procedure. Here at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, we believe that patient education is key when it comes to helping people learn how to prepare for total hip replacement surgery.

In the process of getting educated about your upcoming procedure, we recommend that you take time to research the following:
The Actual Procedure: Ask your doctor to describe exactly what the procedure entails so you know what is going to take place in your body and you’re not surprised by anything on surgery day. Is your surgeon planning to use cement or not? What material will make up your prosthetic parts?
Everything About the Day: Don’t forget that it isn’t the procedure alone that you should be preparing for. Walk through an entire “run-down” of the before and after protocol for surgery day as well. What kind of anesthesia will be used? Who is allowed to be at the hospitality with you? How long will you have to stay after the surgery?
Think Outside the Box: There may be a few things you can do to help ensure a successful surgery and speed up your recovery. For example, talk to your physician about how you can improve your physical fitness prior to surgery. There may be value in losing some weight beforehand as well. Your doctor will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to these issues.
Preparing At Home: When you’re thinking about how to prepare for total hip replacement, you’ll also want to think way ahead and actual make some changes around the house to help you in your recovery process. You may need to move furniture in order to make navigating from room to room a little easier. Setting up an area specifically for your physician-prescribed strength and flexibility exercises is also a good idea.
How to Prepare for Total Hip Replacement Surgery: Choose the Best Surgeon
There’s a reason why patients all over the tri-state area look to Rothman Orthopaedic Institute as a trusted leader in orthopedic care. Rothman physicians are known for leading the field in cutting-edge research and methodology. Especially when it comes to hip replacements, our team is recognized as a top national program with over 4,000 hip surgeries performed annually!
For more than 40 years, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute has been a leader in orthopaedic science and technology. Our two primary goals have always been:
1. To advancing the understanding and treatment of common and rare musculoskeletal conditions
2. To restore patients' mobility and quality of life
What better team to have on your side as you learn how to prepare for total hip replacement? If you’re looking for a solution to your pain, then it doesn’t matter what kind of condition or injury brought you to this point. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute has decades of experience successfully addressing the following hip conditions (and more!):
  • Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) Hip arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Hip pointer
  • Labral tear of the hip joint
  • Hip flexor injury
  • Bursitis
  • Inflammatory arthritis
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