Preparing for Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery is an important life changing decision. The patient, caregiver and orthopedic surgeon must work together to ensure the success of the surgery. It is important to be completely prepared.  Below listed are some steps that one can take to start getting ready for the surgery. The orthopedic surgeon will be able to further elaborate and provide greater counsel.

4+ Weeks Beforebefore Surgery

The orthopedic surgeon will first conduct a thorough medical evaluation of the patient involving x rays, blood tests and physical examinations. This is in order to assess the patient’s fitness level and understand whether he/she is healthy enough for the surgery. The surgeon will attempt to get all information on the patient’s medical history and medications being taken.

Meanwhile, for a patient, it may be a good idea to start restricting alcohol intake, quit smoking and start watching one’s weight to attempt to shed any excess kilos  prior to the procedure. The patient and caregiver should also ask all the questions that they have regarding the surgery at this point.

2–4 Weeks Before Surgery

During this period, the surgeon may advise the patient not to take any aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine. The surgeon may also suggest the patient and caregiver invest in some special equipment such as an elevated commode, a walker, a grabber etc. The patient and caregiver can start practicing using these items at home.

1 Week Before Surgery

One week prior to surgery, the orthopedic surgeon may start restricting the patient’s diet and prescribing some antibiotics to decrease the likelihood of infection during the procedure. By now, the patient and caregiver should be fully familiar with the surgery and what it involves. The caregiver should prepare him/herself for the hospital stay.

Day Before Surgery

The day before the surgery is crucial for the patient and caregiver.

  • The surgeon may recommend that the patient bathes with antibacterial soap or medical wash to prevent infection.
  • Shaving the area of the surgery will be done in the hospital.
  • The patient should not have on any makeup, nail polish or any other such item before reaching the hospital.

It is likely that the orthopedic surgeon will recommend that the patient does not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before the surgery.

Note: The preparation and recovery timelines and other details specified are only indicative in nature. Specific professional advice about your specific recovery timelines should always be sought separately and any reference to or reliance on this website shall be entirely at your own risk.