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How can you prepare your house for your knee replacement surgery?

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Get your home ready for after your surgery. Move things in your house so it’ll be easier to get around when you're less mobile. You might need to set up a temporary bedroom on the first floor. Clear your hallways to make room for crutches or a walker. Consider installing safety rails in the bathroom. Keep everything you need -- from your phone to your coffee maker – within easy reach.

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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