Nothing else has worked so doctors tell me that surgery is the only way to make the pain go away and let me enjoy a normal life again.
1) You’ll go through pre-admission testing which means
2) Approval for surgery from your primary doctor who is always kept in the loop because who knows you better?
4) A month or so before surgery, you’ll begin a physician-supervised exercise program so you’ll be in the best possible shape. Increasing upper body strength is important to help you use a walker, crutches or cane in early post-surgery days.
5) If you’re overweight, losing weight is important in helping you reduce stress on your new joint.
6) Get any dental work done as bacteria can enter the body through your gums. Have needed extractions or periodontal work done before your surgery.
7) Your surgeon may advise you to stop taking some of your current medications which could interfere with surgery.
8) Check with your local pharmacy to make sure he has any anti-coagulation medicine on hand that you may need post-op for the prevention of blood clotting.
9) Whatever you do, stop smoking if you’re a smoker
10) Check your insurance to make sure your surgery, hospital stay and medications are covered
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