Total Hip Replacement Preparation
Before your departure your records will be reviewed thoroughly by your orthopedic surgeon. This includes X-rays and a complete medical and surgical history as well as your specific issues. After traveling to your country of destination, a new set of Xrays will be taken as well as an in person physical examination. The doctor will also go through you medical and surgical issues with you. During this visit, your surgeon will also review your hip replacement procedure and answer any questions. In addition, you may be asked to consult with a physical therapist to discuss recovery, hip rehabilitation and important precautions you must take after your surgery. The physical therapist may give you exercises you can begin prior to your surgery in order to aid with recovery.
Getting your house ready before your surgery
It is also important to get your house ready for after you come home from the hospital. At first it will be harder for you to move around, so arrange your furniture and household items ahead of time to make it easier for you during your rehabilitation.
- Remove all your throw rugs or anything on the floor that may cause you to trip.
- Move phone and electrical cords close to the walls.
- Add pillows or cushions to the chairs you will be using after surgery to make sure that your hip is above the level of your knees when you are seated. This will lessen the risk of dislocation of your new hip.
- Arrange to have an elevated toilet seat or support bars fitted to your bathroom before you leave the hospital.
- Move necessary personal items you need to reach to shelves and tables that are above your waist level. You should not be bending past 90 degrees during rehabilitation.
Preparation for the hospital
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you pack and prepare for the hospital.
Getting dressed in the morning helps you feel better, so be sure to bring some comfortable clothing to the hospital:
- Loose shorts or pants
- Loose tops or T-shirts
- Underwear and socks
- Short robe or pajamas
It’s vital to bring the right shoes to the hospital. You may want to buy a new pair of shoes so that your walking is not influenced by the wear patterns on your old shoes (inspect the soles of your shoes for these patterns). When deciding what shoes to bring, consider the following:
- The foot on your operated leg may be swollen after surgery. Bring a shoe that accommodates that increased size. The shoe can be a slip-on or laced.
- Choose a shoe with a low heel of less than one inch. Gym shoes and walking shoes are fine.
If you are already using one, please bring your walking aid (walker, cane, wheelchair or crutches) with you to the hospital.
Day of surgery
On the day of surgery your vital signs will be taken and you will receive medications as needed. Then you’ll be placed on a stretcher and be transported to the operating room area. The anesthesiologist will meet you there and review the medications and procedures to be used during surgery. An IV will be inserted and final preparations for your surgery are made.
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