Joint replacement isn’t a surgery you decide to have overnight. It takes a lot of thought and planning. Here are some steps you will need to take before having replacement surgery, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
Learn everything you can about what to expect before, during and after surgery. Consult with your doctor, do your own research, talk to others who have had joint replacement and attend a class on the subject if your hospital offers it.
Ask your doctor about exercises to do before surgery to strengthen your upper body so you will be better able to use crutches or a walker and exercise after surgery.
Consider your living arrangements.
Getting around your home by yourself after surgery will be difficult. Make necessary changes before surgery. For instance, you may need to move your bedroom to the first floor until you’re able to climb stairs easily. And since most joint replacements mean you won’t be able to drive for several weeks, you’ll need to arrange for transportation to and from physical therapy appointments.
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