Frequently Asked Questions
13. What can I do to prepare myself for the surgery?
If you are planning hip replacement surgery, there are several things you will need to do ahead of time to prepare for a successful surgery.
- Inform yourself. It’s important that you learn as much as possible about your surgery before you have it. Your doctor can provide you with information or direct you to other sources of information. See a list of questions to ask the surgeon before having surgery.
- Some hospitals have classes for people who are about to have hip replacement. Ask if the hospital where you will be having your surgery has one and sign up to learn more about the surgery itself and the recovery afterwards.
- Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital.
- Tell your doctor about any medications (including over-the-counter and herbal) and doses you are taking because you may need to stop some of them before your surgery.
- If you are overweight, your doctor may recommend that you lose some weight before surgery to minimize the stress on your new hip and possibly decrease the risks of surgery. Calculate your body mass index (BMI) to see if you may need to lose weight.
- Your doctor may also recommend exercise to strengthen your muscles and improve your general health and recovery.
- In case you might need blood during surgery, your doctor may recommend autologous blood donation. This means you have your own blood drawn several weeks before surgery and stored in case you need it.
- Because dental procedures can allow bacteria to enter the body and these bacteria can potentially lodge in the joint, your doctor may recommend that you have any needed dental work before your surgery.