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Anterior Hip Replacement - Before and After Surgery

Your Hip Evaluation

An orthopaedic surgeon specializes in problems affecting bones and joints. The surgeon will ask you many ques- tions about your hip symptoms, as well as your general health, to determine if hip surgery is safe and appropriate for you. The evaluation will include a careful examination and review of your X-rays and other tests. This will help the surgeon understand your pain and physical limitations and the progression of your hip problem. After your medical history is taken, a physical exam is performed. The range of motion of your hips and knees is measured and your muscle strength is evaluated. The surgeon will observe how you walk, sit, bend and move. X-rays are taken of your hip joint. Bring any previous hip X-rays with you to help your surgeon plan the surgery and evaluate the fit of your new hip prosthesis.

Before Surgery

You will likely be asked to see your family physician or an internal medicine doctor for a thorough medical evalua- tion. To prepare yourself for surgery, you may be asked to do a number of things, including weight loss and smoking ces- sation. If you smoke, it is important for you to stop smok- ing two weeks prior to surgery. It is essential that you tell your surgeon about any medica- tions or supplements you are taking. Bring a list of all medications and dosages. If you are taking aspirin or cer- tain arthritis medications, inform your surgeon. You may need to stop taking these before surgery. If you are taking aspirin under the direction of a physician for vascular or cardiac reasons, your doctor may advise you to continue taking it as directed. You may want to ask your doctor about donating your own blood ahead of time for a possible transfusion during surgery.

After Surgery

You will awaken after your surgery in the post-anesthesia recovery room. You will remain there until you are breath- ing well and your blood pressure and pulse are stable. If you experience pain, medication will be available. Post- operative pain control is started immediately in the recov- ery room.


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