If conservative treatment measures are no longer sufficient to relieve your joint pain, consider talking to a doctor at your local hospital about joint replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is designed to restore mobility and eliminate pain for those who suffer from severely damaged or diseased joints. To prepare for this surgery, you can expect to undergo some exams and tests at the hospital, improve your overall wellness, and make some modifications to your home to facilitate your recovery.
Consulting Your Surgeon
When you go to your initial consultation at the hospital, it’s a good idea to bring along a list of questions you have about the surgery and your recovery. For example, you may wish to ask about the type of joint implant you’ll receive and how long you can expect to stay in the hospital. Remember to inform the surgeon of any other underlying medical conditions you have, in addition to any medications or supplements you take.
Undergoing Medical Tests
Your doctor will assess your general health with a physical exam. You may also have X-rays, blood tests, and urine tests. If you plan to donate your own blood for the surgery, you’ll begin doing so about six weeks prior to the procedure.
Improving Your Overall Health
Your surgeon may recommend that you modify your lifestyle to improve your overall health, which can facilitate a speedier recovery. You may be asked to lose weight, quit smoking, and practice physical therapy exercises in advance.
Planning Your Recovery
It’s helpful to arrange for someone to stay with you for a while when you return home from the hospital. You’ll need someone to drive you to follow-up appointments and physical therapy sessions, and to help you out around the house. Additionally, plan for limited mobility at home by removing throw rugs and other objects you could trip on. You might consider practicing with a walker or cane and installing handrails in the bathroom.
Englewood Community Hospital serves families in the Venice, Englewood, and Northport areas with exceptional orthopedic care, including advanced joint replacement techniques. Give us a call today at (888) 685-1598 and ask us about our Prep School Program, which provides you all the information you need to prepare for your surgery. Ask us about our other services, including wound care, cardiac care, and emergency care.