Many people who undergo hip replacement surgery prefer to recover in the comfort of their own home rather than in a hospital bed. Thanks to modern technology and improved pain management, this has become a reality for most patients. Outpatient hip replacement utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques that allow patients to leave the hospital the same day of their surgery. Thus it is important that you prepare yourself and your home for your outpatient hip replacement to ensure you have the best recovery.
Here are some ways you can prepare for outpatient hip replacement:
- Be at your healthiest
Outpatient hip replacement is recommended for people who are in good health. Keeping a healthy diet and staying active while preparing for your hip replacement will help to prevent any complications during or after surgery. Avoid processed foods and sugars which increase inflammation in the body. Focus on eating a balanced amount of whole foods. Whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, and lean protein contain vitamins and minerals which speed up the healing process. Stop any unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
- Prepare your home
Preparing your home is essential for outpatient hip replacement. Making your home more accessible is key to avoiding a fall. Start by clearing the floors of any tripping hazards, preparing your bathroom to eliminate slip hazards, and making first floor sleeping arrangements. Move important items within arms reach or consider purchasing a grabbing tool to extend your reach.
- Find a helping hand
It can sometimes be difficult to ask for help, but it is necessary after surgery. Having a friend or loved one to help you during recovery is important so that you will be able to rest properly. Your loved one will need to drive you home and to follow-up and physical therapy appointments, as it will be a few weeks before you will be able to drive on your own.
- Stock up on the essentials
To ensure the best recovery outcome, you may want to have a few items available. Some of the essentials include ice packs, pre-made meals, pillows, a grabber tool, any medications you take on a regular basis, etc. Make sure to pick up these items ahead of time so that you won’t need a trip to the store after the surgery.
It is important to take the necessary steps to prepare yourself and your home before having outpatient hip surgery. If you are considering outpatient hip replacement, contact Dr. Frisch to discuss your options and any other measures that should be taken in preparation for surgery!
Dr. Frisch is a specialist orthopedic surgeon focusing on minimally invasive hip and knee joint replacement as well as complex primary and revision surgery. He believes in creating a very personalized experience with the highest level of service. For all appointments & inquiries, please contact our offices located in Rochester, River District, or Tawas City, MI.