4 Steps to Prep — Knee Replacement Surgery

July 26, 2014

KneeReplace1) Prepare your Mind –
You are your own best advocate. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care get better results. ask questions and write down the answers during your pre-surgical appointments. Here’s a List of sample questions:

  • Do I need to stop taking any current medication or vitamins before surgery?
  • Will I need to donate blood?
  • How long is the surgery and how long will I be in the hospital?
  • How long will my recovery take and will I receive physical therapy?
  • What is physical therapy for me and how long will participate?
  • What are my activity limits after surgery?
  • What medication will I take after surgery?
  • When can I drive?
  • When can I go back to work?

2) Prepare your Body –
In general, active and healthy patients recover more quickly than patients carrying extra weight or those with additional health problems like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Adopting a healthy lifestyle before surgery, as well as after, simply makes sense for recovery. It also makes sense to prepare healthy meals in advance for the weeks at home during recovery. Patients may also appreciate practicing low impact exercises like swimming before surgery.
3) Prepare your Paperwork –
Getting your medical affairs in order can be a daunting task, especially during recovery.  Take time to organize insurance paperwork, arrange for post operative care, and understand new / refill existing medications.  Also be sure and organize (to present) important information about any food or medication allergies, medical conditions and family health history, as you will be repeatedly asked these questions during pre and postoperative care. Although many don’t want to consider the worst case scenario, it makes sense to organize legal documents before any, even low-risk, surgery. Make sure living will and power of attorney documents are in order and bring copies to the hospital or leave them with your medical guardian.
4) Prepare your Home –
Even the most fit patient will have restricted activity after surgery. Plan to use crutches, a walker or a cane and arrange your home accordingly. You may need to plan for friends or family to help with tasks such as trash, mail, pet care and driving to physical therapy or other postoperative appointments. Make sure most used and needed items are close at hand and on the first floor after surgery — phone, medications, waste basket, water and food, bathroom facilities and anything else that will help you be comfortable.

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