How must one prepare for Hip Replacement Surgery?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 06, 2013
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How to Prepare for Surgery and Recovery


People can do many things before and after they have surgery to make everyday tasks easier and help speed their recovery.


Before Surgery

  • Learn what to expect. Request information written for patients from the doctor.
  • Arrange for someone to help you around the house for a week or two after coming home from the hospital.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital.
  • Set up a "recovery station" at home. Place the television remote control, radio, telephone, medicine, tissues, wastebasket, and pitcher and glass next to the spot where you will spend the most time while you recover.
  • Place items you use every day at arm level to avoid reaching up or bending down.
  • Stock up on kitchen supplies and prepare food in advance, such as frozen casseroles or soups that can be reheated and served easily.

After Surgery

  • Follow the doctor's instructions.
  • Work with a physical therapist or other health care professional to rehabilitate your hip.
  • Wear an apron for carrying things around the house. This leaves hands and arms free for balance or to use crutches.
  • Use a long-handled "reacher" to turn on lights or grab things that are beyond arm's length. Hospital personnel may provide one of these or suggest where to buy one.

 

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