Undergoing joint replacement surgery can be overwhelming, and the recovery period might be lengthy depending on which joint is being replaced. As an orthopedic surgeon in Lake Mary, we have performed this surgery many times, and we always require our patients to get prepared before it starts. These are a few things you need to do to prepare for a joint replacement surgery.
To limit the risk of infection following surgery, take the following precautions:
In addition, ensure that you follow your orthopedic surgeon's directions for immediate preparation. This could entail avoiding eating or drinking for 12 hours before the surgery and any further questions based on your specific surgery and individual needs.
Plans for patient recovery after being discharged from the hospital should be made in advance.
Usually, you will be admitted to the hospital a day before your surgery. You will answer a series of questions, and you will be requested to fill out paperwork. You must bring your scans, x-rays, and other test findings. An anesthetist will go over your medical history and any problems you've had with previous anesthetics. A nurse will assist you in preparing for your surgery and will also accompany you to the operation theatre.
After a daytime operation, you'll be ready to go home when you fully recover from the anesthesia and have something to eat and drink. You will need someone to accompany and drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours. After general anesthesia, you must not drive for at least 24 hours.
These are a few things you should to do prepare for your joint replacement surgery. If you think you are a candidate for surgery, contact our orthopedic surgeon in Lake Mary to schedule your consultation today.