YOU MEAN THERE’S MORE ?
Since mobility will be a challenge, make sure your home is prepared for you when you get out of the hospital.
If you live alone, you’ll probably need to stay in a rehab center for a prescribed period of time. Make sure your insurance covers this cost.
When you finally get home, you’ll probably need home nursing care for a week or two to help
AtlantiCare is one of about 50 U.S. hospitals that practices bloodless medicine and surgery as an alternative to transfusion.
What is it?
Two medications are used in the bloodless medicine and surgery program:
WHY OPT FOR BLOODLESS SURGERY?
Bloodless surgery helps with
It’s used in both invasive and non-invasive medicine and surgery.
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.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO BEFORE SURGERY?
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
PACKING FOR THE HOSPITAL
What to take:
What not to take:
For further questions or instructions, see the AtlantiCare Hospital Guide printed on the main AtlantiCare web site, or ask your physician or nurse.
Partial Knee Replacement is a minimally invasive procedure in which only one side of the knee joint is replaced.
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