Proper planning in the days and weeks before knee replacement surgery can make a big difference in your surgical outcome, as well as your long-term health. These steps are recommended to ensure a speedier, safer recovery afterward.
A Little Planning Goes a Long Way https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1494x999%2B0%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F01%2Fd5%2F76b6131541f884619cf390aa410b%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-woman-talking-with-doctor.jpg
A few weeks before surgery, talk through the procedure with your doctor. Note such details as where you'll go and when to arrive, how long the surgery will take, and what type of anesthesia and implant you'll receive. The more you understand, the more psychologically prepared you'll be.
1. Learn What to Expect https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1496x1001%2B0%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F7c%2F58%2F9200ce4e47e8b9bc5dba9ac6629e%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-doctor-explaining-to-patient.jpg
Strengthening the muscles around your knees can help your new joint work better, so you get back to your daily activities more quickly. A visit with a physical therapist may help you learn the best moves. Working out also helps you lose weight, which can reduce your risk of complications.
2. Do Your Exercises https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/4200x2810%2B0%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Ff5%2F13%2Fe6a4638e418499b9dab252a096af%2Fimage-getty-538685625.jpg
Tobacco interferes with your body's healing powers. Recovery from surgery will be longer and more difficult if you don't kick the habit. Talk with your doctor or a counselor if you need help putting out your cigarettes.
As the date of your surgery nears, more people will be asking for your medical information. Compile your insurance information and medical history, and make lists of your allergies, medications, dietary restrictions, and doctors, including contact details. Designate one close confidante who can relay information between the doctor and your friends and family.
4. Compile Your Paperwork https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F43%2Fec%2F1912559845b6a86524e8479d6293%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-getty-172459611.jpg
Surgery can be costly—you'll get bills from your surgeon, the hospital, and other doctors, such as the anesthesiologist. Ask your doctor and the hospital about their charges. Contact your insurance company to see how much you'll pay. If you work, check with your employer regarding leave time and disability pay.
5. Figure Out Your Finances https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F18%2F9a%2F916fda3a4a2dac92a9a4b1cea931%2Fimage-women-talking-on-cell-phone-in-office.jpg