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Preparing for Surgery

Once you and Dr. McNabb decide that surgery is indicated for you, you will need to learn what to expect from the surgery and how to actively participate in the treatment plan for the best results afterward.

Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process, and your role in it, will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.

Working with Your Doctor

Before surgery, you will need to be cleared by your primary doctor for surgery. If you see other specialist such as a cardiologist for example, you will typically need clearance from them as well

  • Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a 7-14 days before any a hip or knee replacement.
  • Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr. McNabb’s team as well as the anesthesia team to see if you need to change any of your medications, or stop them prior to surgery
  • If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery will help decrease the stress you place on your new joint.
  • If you are taking an anti-inflammatory medications or any drugs that increase the risk of bleeding, you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding. If you take aspirin (81 or 325mg) for heart health you will continue this prior to surgery
  • If you smoke, you will be asked to stop smoking prior to surgery to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
  • If you have any dental concerns such as infections, cavities, or loose teeth, you wil be asked to have this addressed at least 1 month prior to surgery.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.
  • Arrange for someone to help with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry.
  • Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery, so you won’t have to reach and bend as often.
  • Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls.
  • Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.