Published: Sep 11, 2015
Joint replacement is a serious decision for any family. Many factors can affect the recovery period, and each of these factors requires energy and dedication. Today, a person's overall health and activity level are more important than age in predicting a joint replacement's success, so preparing the body and mind for the journey ahead is an important part of healing. The good news is that joint replacement does have a high level of success, and can significantly improve one’s quality of life. Though recovery does take time and building strength requires patience and effort, joint replacement helps people experience renewed movement in their joints and relief from ongoing pain.
Once a patient and his or her doctor have decided that joint replacement is a good option, then the process of emotionally and physically preparing for surgery and recovery begins. At the same time, the doctor will order a series of evaluations to assess a patient’s joint replacement success.
Prepare at Home
Making plans before surgery makes everyday tasks easier and reduces stress. Organizing one’s home by immediately setting up a support system can make healing easier and speed recovery. Here are some recommendations:
Prepare with the Doctor
Before surgery, there will be a pre-operative evaluation. The medical team will look at the surgical plan and identify possible complications. This evaluation helps ensure a successful operation:
Recovery takes time. The patient may experience some pain and discomfort as well as frustration with his or her limitations. It may help to read about the tips and tricks of other successful joint surgery patients or talk with friends who have experienced similar surgeries. The focus should be on the rewards of being able to engage in activities again. At Comfort Keepers®, we work with our clients to create healthy, safe environments before and after hospital stays. Whether it’s just a few hours of extra help each day or full-time care, we can be a helping hand during recovery and offer the peace of mind that’s needed. We understand that with the right preparation for joint replacement, clients can heal faster and get back to being themselves. Contact us today to learn more about how we support health and healing.
Greengard, Samuel. “Before Total Knee Replacement Surgery,” Healthline. Web. Apr 30, 2012.
Lai, Katie. “Social Experience Seen to Influence Joint Replacement Decisions.” National Institute on Health. Web. 2003.
“Hip Replacement: How to Prepare and What to Expect.” National Institute of Arthritis and Muscoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Aging Care LLC. Web. 2015.