If you were told that a hip replacement is in your future, you may be thinking of how to prepare. Those that spend some time to think through preparations and carry out tasks in advance will have a smoother and faster recovery. Some things you may need help with are moving around your home and getting some things done.
Put a support system in place prior to your surgery
Reach out to your friends and family and tell them about your upcoming surgery and what you need help with when you get back home. Make a list of things that you will be unable to do for the first few weeks, such as driving and getting groceries and such. Ideally, you should have one person as a designated communicator to the rest of your support group. This person will provide updates about your recovery and ask for additional help if needed. For all private hip replacements, this person is also your travel companion and will come with you to pick you up from the medical facility, bring you back to the hotel room for recovery and keep an eye on you for the next 24-48 hours in case of any complications.
Rent or purchase all the needed equipment for your recovery prior to your going for surgery
Your doctor or your medical facilitator should be able to give you a list of things to have. Some of them you can rent at a local drug store or Red Cross, and some of them need to be purchased. Here is the list we give to our clients.
- Cooling machine (cold therapy) if possible
- Ice pack if the cooling machine is not an option
- Walker or crutches or both
- Raised toilet seat
- Bed assistance rail
- Bath transfer bench
- Reacher/grabber with pincher claws
- Long handle shoe horn and bath sponge
Prepare your home for your arrival before you leave
Get your home de-cluttered and ensure that you have ample walking space. If you have rugs in the hallways remove them till you have recovered. Those can be a hazard to your walking while you are recovering. Stock up on easily prepared foods, such as frozen meals and canned food.
Arrange your physiotherapy sessions with a qualified specialist
Physio is a must when you are in recovery after your private hip replacement. It will start the same day as your surgery when you are feeling better and have woken up after anesthesia. Ideally, it should continue every day for 3-5 days and then your therapist can re-evaluate to see if you are getting the exercises and are able to do them on your own. Then your physiotherapy sessions can take place once or twice a week. Remember that doing exercises after surgery is essential to a successful recovery as exercise strengthens your muscles and gets your hip moving.
If you need assistance planning your medical travel, Health Vantis can help. Contact us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to assist.