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I’ve decided to get hip replacement surgery. What can I do to get ready for it?

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  • Write down questions for your surgeon so you don’t forget them.
  • Consider the impact on work. Ask: “How long will I be away?”
  • Get in shape before surgery. It could speed up your recovery.
  • Meet with a physical therapist. If you learn rehab exercises before your operation, they’ll be easier to do later.
  • See if you can borrow your crutches or walker, and test-drive them.
  • Learn more at the websites of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

SOURCES:

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

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

Tariq Nayfeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor, orthopaedic surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

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

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

Tariq Nayfeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor, orthopaedic surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

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