Thanks to advances in medical technology, the hip replacement devices and techniques available today are safer, more comfortable, and more effective than ever before. Before having a hip replacement surgery, it’s important to know exactly what to expect. Bring a list of your questions to the appointment at your community hospital. You may wish to ask your doctor the following questions:
When Should I Consider a Hip Replacement?
You’re likely visiting the hospital to discuss hip replacement because you suffer from osteoarthritis or another severe condition that interferes with your range of motion and mobility. Your physician may recommend hip replacement if you’ve previously tried medications, physical therapy, and other conservative treatments without success. You might also consider hip replacement if your symptoms interfere with your day-to-day activities.
What Should I Expect at the Consultation?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, you can expect to undergo a physical exam and medical tests, including imaging scans of the hip. The physician will ensure you understand what’s involved with the surgery and the recovery process. You’ll be asked to disclose all of your medical conditions, in addition to any medications and supplements you take.
How Can I Prepare My Home for the Recovery?
Your mobility will be reduced for a period of time while you recover. Arrange items that you use most often at arm’s level; this prevents the need to bend over or reach up. Place essential items, such as medications, a telephone, water bottles, and entertainment items close at hand to the area in which you expect to spend much of your time recovering.
What Can I Do to Ensure a Successful Recovery?
For a successful recovery, it’s crucial to follow all of your post-operative instructions. Call the hospital if there is something you’re unclear about or if you notice any new symptoms. Additionally, attend all physical therapy appointments and practice your physical therapy routine at home.
When you become a patient at Englewood Community Hospital, you’ll receive comprehensive patient education at our unique Prep School Program, which gives you all the information you need for your surgery and recovery. Our hospital in Englewood, FL also provides extensive outpatient rehabilitation services. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 658-1598 to inquire about other services at our hospital, including emergency care, wound care, and cardiac care.