Hip replacement surgery essentially restructures your body through a major surgery that ought to greatly improve your overall mobility. Because it's such a major surgery, there are many different things that you need to do to prepare your body for it. Here are three timelines that you should look at in order to make sure that you are ready for your surgery and that it goes as smoothly as possible.
1. More Than a Month Before the Surgery
The first thing that you need to do is talk to your main doctor and get his or her clearance that you are healthy enough for the surgery to be performed. This usually needs to be in the form of a written note from your doctor. If your doctor doesn't think that you are ready for the surgery, he or she will tell you what you need to do in order to be ready. For example, if you take blood thinners to cope with your high blood pressure, your doctor might suggest that you lose weight to lower your blood pressure naturally before going through with the surgery.
The second thing that you need to do is set up your post surgery rehabilitation plans. If you think that you might need full-time care, make sure that you find an appropriate, live-in rehab facility. If you think that you just will need out-patient care, make sure that you set up a schedule for that as well.
2. One Month Before the Surgery
One thing that you will want to do is start taking a supplement that will drastically increase the amount of iron in your blood. There's a chance that you might get anemia after your surgery and taking iron supplements before the procedure will reduce the chances of this happening. You also want to schedule an appointment with the anesthesiologist in order to get the information you need to make an informed choice about the procedure. This is required by many hospitals.
3. Three to Seven Days Before the Surgery
You will want to stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs before your surgery during this time frame because these drugs tend to make your blood thinner. Avoiding them will help you make sure that you stay safe during the procedure.
Talk to your doctor or hospital for more specific actions that you will need to perform in order to get ready for hip replacement surgery.