Orthopedic surgery preparation is an important component in ensuring your best possible outcome. As with any surgery, there are some pre-operative considerations to keep in mind when preparing for joint replacement or other orthopedic surgery, including:
Autologous blood donation Donating your own blood before surgery ensures a matched source of blood if needed during or after surgery.
Exercise Our bodies tend to heal and regain function faster when they are in good physical and cardiovascular condition.
Medication Before the surgery, discuss with your physician the medications you are currently taking. Some may need to be temporarily discontinued until after the surgery. This determination can be most appropriately made by your physician or orthopedist.
Discharge planning As with any surgery, be sure to discuss discharge planning with your physician beforehand. Your discharge plan may include instructions on care of the incision, pain medications, activities, special exercises and other home care instructions.
Rehabilitation Persons who have received a total joint replacement can still lead functional, active lifestyles. One major component of many rehabilitation programs is exercise - to restore function, mobility and strength to the affected joint and surrounding muscles. Discuss with your physician what an appropriate post-operative rehabilitation program should include.
Consult with your Mercy-affiliated orthopedic surgeon for more specific pre-operative planning for your individual condition and type of joint replacement or orthopedic surgery procedure.