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Getting Ready for Surgery

Making some changes around the home before surgery will make life easier during recovery. Making sure that you see your primary care doctor and or dentist to treat any health and dental problems ahead of time will help improve healing after surgery.

If you are a smoker, do your best to stop or cut down to improve surgery risks and recovery rate.  Have loose comfortable clothing available for recovery time. Prepare meals ahead of time. Reduce household hazards (trip hazards, widen furniture paths), limit the amount of reaching (place regularly used items in easy to reach locations) and stair climbing after surgery (re-locate yourself on a single floor). Arrange for help during your recovery time.

Discuss your medications in detail and you may have to donate your own blood before surgery. Follow all your surgeon’s instructions as well as pre-surgery instructions.

After Surgery

In the recovery room you may have a catheter (small tube) in your bladder and a drain in your knee or hip and you will be given pain medication under close watch. The length of hospital stay and recovery will depend on the surgery.

You will begin working with specially trained therapists and you will be given pain medication under controlled devices. You will gain strength and will be on your way to complete recovery.

Schedule your post-op visit, keep your incision dry until stitches or staples are removed, call your doctor if you have any signs of an infection, and complete your physical therapy program.

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