Less risk, more reward
Joint replacement surgery has become a more viable option for patients in recent years due to new surgical techniques and technologies. If you’ve been putting off joint replacement because you think it’s too risky, then you should take a closer look and discover the rewards replacing a joint will provide. For example, today’s prostheses are not only built to be durable, but also designed to be accepted by the body. The risk of rejection is lower than in the past.
Surgery game plan
Preparation is the secret to overcoming your pre-surgery jitters. Getting ready for your day of surgery and easing into life with a new knee or hip will make a big difference. We have a few suggestions to help you get started.
Learn about your type of surgery: Before your surgery, take the time to understand all aspects of your condition. Learn about the current condition of your hip or knee by asking your doctor questions about the technique being used to replace your joint. Read articles about the anesthesia or implant you will receive. Speak with former patients who underwent joint replacement surgery and talk to them about their experience.
Organize important information: Make lists of important people, including a list of all your doctors with their names, addresses and phone numbers. Write down all your medical conditions, previous operations and medicine you’ve taken or are currently prescribed. Remember to take these lists with you to the hospital for your medical providers.
Make an after-surgery plan: You can make your recovery time easier by planning ahead. The time it takes to recover from joint replacement surgery is much quicker today, but the limited mobility and temporary discomfort can be better managed with a little forethought. For instance, you can prepare several meals ahead of time or coordinate with a friend or family member to deliver groceries. Arrange a bed on your first floor to limit the need to climb stairs and remove any obstacles from the kitchen or bathroom like rugs, electrical chords or furniture.
Don’t forget to pack: You should bring slippers, magazines and books, and personal care products. Remember to wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes.
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