Planning for Joint Replacement Surgery
Planning ahead for the time after your surgery is vital to ensuring the best possible recovery and outcome from your surgery. Make sure you have some help at home for the days following your surgery for activities and tasks including:
- Meal preparation
- Pet care
Think about who may be available to help you at home during this time and whether you will be relying on help from family members, friends or an outside care agency.
One of our experienced case managers will contact you to help you prepare for surgery. Our case manager can answer any questions you may have about home care service options. Knowing in advance what your insurance covers including co-payments and specific vendors or services will go a long way in ensuring a smooth, stress-free transition from hospital to home.
Prepare before your surgery
- Attend Total Joint Replacement Class
- Pre-cook and freeze food or purchase ready-to-eat meals.
- Place items regularly used at arm level to eliminate reaching or bending.
- Remove throw rugs or cords that could pose tripping hazards.
- Consider modifying your bathroom to include a shower chair, grip bar or raised toilet.
- Purchase 'helper' items such as long-handled shoehorns, shower sponges, a grabber to pick things up without bending and a footstool to rest or elevate the operated leg. These items can be purchased at the hospital.
- Ensure that you have a shower chair with sturdy arms to assist you in getting up and down.
- Set up a ‘recovery center’ with your remotes, favorite DVDs, tissues, medications and reading materials – everything should be within arm’s reach.
- Ask your physician to complete the relevant sections in the DMV disabled person permit application (Your physician must sign this, PDF, opens to new window). (Get Acrobat if you don't have it.)
- Begin packing your bag to ensure you have everything necessary for your hospital stay.
- Have any prescriptions ready that you anticipate needing during or after your hospital stay.
- All dental work should be completed well in advance of your surgery date (four to six weeks before your surgery). Additionally, you shouldn't have any new dental work done until four to six week after your surgery.