Knee replacement can relieve pain and enable our patients to live more active, fulfilling lives – but it requires preparation. It’s said that good preparation reduces fear, and this is certainly true in the case of knee replacement surgery. By following these basic steps, you can make your surgery and recovery go as smoothly as possible.
1. Education. Learn about knee replacement surgery and develop an understanding of the procedure. Discuss with your doctor what to expect before, during and after surgery, and ask any questions you may have.
2. Collect information. Make a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take regularly (names, dose, frequency). You may be advised by your physician to stop certain medications prior to surgery. Inform your insurance company of the upcoming surgery, and learn what post-operative services your insurance covers, such as physical therapy and equipment.
3. Preoperative physical. You will need a general medical evaluation a few weeks before surgery to assess your current health. Tests may include a blood draw, an EKG, urine analysis and x-rays. The results should be forwarded to our office.
4. Home preparation. Prepare for your return home prior to surgery. Arrange for a spouse, family member or friend to stay with you for several days following the surgery. Rent or purchase walking aids and other devices, such as crutches or a walker, raised toilet seat and tub chair. Remove area rugs and other obstacles to ensure you can maneuver easily through your home. Stock up on ready-made, easily prepared meals that you enjoy.
You can trust Broward County’s leading orthopaedic specialists at Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to restore you to full health again. Please click here to learn more about knee replacement surgery.