Everything that you need to know about hip replacement surgery

When you and your health care provider have made up their minds that a hip replacement surgery is the best and the only option for your better care and mobility, there are so many things that need to be considered before you go for surgery.

One of the first things that one needs to be concerned about is finding the right hip doctor who has all the skill and expertise to provide you with the correct diagnosis and helps you with pre-surgery and post-surgery procedures.

Going to the knee replacement surgeons and discussing a replacement plan is always tough on you both physically and mentally. Therefore, you need to discuss every aspect of the surgical procedure with the knee doctor so that you are prepared both physically and mentally for the most important replacement surgeries ahead.

  1. Placing an appointment with the doctor:

Once the doctor has advised you of the surgical procedure for hip replacement, either its partial replacement or a complete replacement, you need to set a surgery date with your health care provider. Once the date has been set, you will be provided with a list of medical precautions and activities you need to be sure about before entering the operation theatre. You need to make each and every point clear with knee replacement surgeons.

  • Booking the physical therapist in advance:

If you are planning to complete your physical therapies as an out-patient, one of the most important things is to book an appointment with the physical therapist in advance as some of the best in the business are already busy with their patients. You need to check up on their availability on the exact dates when you are discharged from the hospital.

  • Taking care of the medications:

Your hip replacement surgery is a major surgical process, and therefore, one needs to have complete guidance on what to have and what medications to stop before you plan for surgery weeks ahead.

You will be asked to stop all pain-relieving drugs a week ahead of the surgery to ensure that no such interference of drugs is there on the body once the surgery begins.

Moreover, you also need to stop the dosage of blood-thinning drugs that any of your general physicians prescribes you because they may also affect the clotting of the blood process. The patients end up losing too much blood during the process of surgery.

The supplements you are taking also need to be closely monitored because they will also hamper your healing process.

  • Home preparations:

You could ask your hip doctor about a caregiver or an attendant will be allowed with you at the time of surgery or not. Due to the current situation of the pandemic, most of the hospitals don’t allow attendants. Therefore, if you think you won’t be able to make it without the help of the attendants, you need to personally talk to your health care providers about it.

Previously when the pandemic was not an issue, people were allowed to stay with the patients, so you need to check up on the situation in your part of the world.

Moreover, once you return home, you need to get some food prepared in the freezers to ensure that you have some kind of back plan in your mind.

You also need to look for a raised toilet seat, a bath chair where you could move on to in the next few days and take your bath.

A newly installed railing or a reacher to help you with the pathways or go to the washroom.

  • The backpack:

You need to carry some of the essential elements to the hospital like your completely charged cell phone, a dress to change over, a set of loose and easy to wear, and most importantly, some of your toiletries and other essential items for personal use.

Most hip doctors advise you not to bring along any kind of medications because most of the medications are provided by the hospital. Therefore, you only need to carry personal stuff rather than taking care of the whole world along with you. After the surgery, you will be at the stage of healing, and therefore, carrying along with some good books and reading material could serve as a source of motivation.