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How can you prepare for knee replacement surgery?

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Things may be stressful after joint replacement for at least a few weeks. Prepare now to make the surgery go smoothly and to speed up your recovery. Ask your doctor how long the surgery will take. Can you have outpatient surgery, without a hospital stay? What type of anesthesia will you need? What kind of rehab will you get? Should you bank blood before the procedure? How long will you likely be off work? Write down the answers. Better yet, have family or friends come with you and do it.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery," "Activities After a Knee Replacement," "Total Knee Replacement," "Is Hip Replacement Surgery for You?"

Matthew Austin, MD, spokesman, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; orthopedic surgeon, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Joint Replacement Surgery."

Tariq Nayfeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery," "Activities After a Knee Replacement," "Total Knee Replacement," "Is Hip Replacement Surgery for You?"

Matthew Austin, MD, spokesman, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; orthopedic surgeon, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Joint Replacement Surgery."

Tariq Nayfeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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