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. If you are taking any medicines, it's important to tell your doctor the specific medicines (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. 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.
Before any future procedures, tell the healthcare provider about your artificial joint. You may need to take antibiotics for some dental, eye, and certain other procedures to prevent the possibility of infection in and around the artificial joint.
It’s also 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. It may also help to speak with someone who has already had the surgery. If you don’t know anyone personally, your doctor may be able to arrange for you to speak with another patient.
Also, 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.