Preparing for Hip Surgery
This page provides an introduction of preparing for hip surgery. It can help you make a list of questions for Dr. LaButti and actions to take prior surgery.
What can I do to prepare myself for hip surgery?If you smoke, stop or at least cut down significantly. Smoking can delay the healing process. Have any gum or tooth problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection. Always inform your doctor of any medical procedures being done before surgery regardless of how minor it may be. Lose weight if you’re overweight. It will help take some stress off your new joints. If taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, consult your doctor, he or she may want you to stop 2 weeks before surgery to minimize bleeding.
- Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented with iron and a multivitamin.
- Report any infections, as surgery cannot be performed if present.
- Reorganize your home. Bending, kneeling, and squatting will be very difficult immediately after surgery. You will be using crutches or a walker for a while. Remove loose scatter rugs, electrical cords and clutter that may be a hazard. Place everyday essentials in top drawers or places with easy access.
- Arrange for help now. Since you won’t be able to drive immediately after surgery, you will need someone who can drive you to your follow-up appointments, and help with shopping and running errands. Try to arrange this assistance before surgery.
- Stock up on essentials. Have convenience foods ready, or make and freeze some casseroles that you can simply warm up later. Stock up on extra toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, etc.
- Obtain assistance items. When you’re ready to return home, have a cordless phone, backpacks, reaching aids and bathing aids. Some items may be given with you at discharge. Please ask the hospital.
- Other to do items. Make arrangements for someone to care for your pets. Forward mail, make a list of emergency phone numbers, arrange for help, and pack bags.
- An elevated toilet seat.
- A stable shower bench or chair for bathing.
- A long-handled sponge and shower hose.