Because joint replacement surgery is scheduled well in advance, you have a chance to learn about what’s going to happen and to plan ahead for your operation and rehabilitation. Here’s what you should be thinking about in the months and weeks leading up to your operation:
As someone undergoing knee or hip replacement, you probably expect certain things to happen before, during and after your surgery. It’s important that you have the facts so that you are not surprised or disappointed.
What should you expect to happen after hip or knee replacement surgery? You can read more in Preparing for Your Surgery, While You're in Hospital, and During Your Recovery, but here’s a general idea:
To really benefit from joint replacement surgery, you must become an active partner in getting well. Just as your doctors and therapists must do their best to look after you, as the patient, you must do your best, too. Tell yourself:
You may have questions about your joint replacement surgery that are not answered here. Or there may be something about your own personal situation that concerns you. The good news is that many people are available to help you. You can speak to your family doctor or contact your surgeon.
If your surgeon tells you that you will most likely be discharged home after your operation, you should be connected to home care organizations in your community. They will be a good source of advice and information for you and your family.
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