Tips for a Successful Rapid Recovery Surgery
1. Educate yourself – ask questions!
2. Choose a Coach
It is important that you choose a Coach before surgery. This should be a family member or friend that can help with the following things, so that you, the patient, can have a great surgical experience and outcome.
- My Coach will attend doctor appointments with me to be that “second set of ears”
- My Coach will be at the hospital with me the day of surgery
- My Coach, who also is part of my Joint Replacement Team, will attend at least one of my Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy sessions and be at the hospital for discharge instructions
- My Coach will stay with me the first 3-5 days at home after surgery
- My Coach will help with errands, shopping, housekeeping, pet care, medication reminders, showering/bathing, and be willing and able to help however I need it
3. Cut down or quit smoking
4. Keep blood sugars in control
5. Keep moving
6. HAVE A PLAN – we’re here to help with your plan!
Planning Ahead: What to do Before Your Hospital Stay
Your hospital stay will be very busy and only last 1-2 days. Begin planning and preparing for your discharge now:
- Most people go home with outpatient physical therapy
- If you have difficulty getting in or out of your house, you may require home health services
- If you are unable to pass your Goals for Discharge, you may need to go to an extended care facility for a short period of time. Have your top 3 facilities in mind.
Arrange for a family member or friend to stay with you your first 3-5 nights at home. You will need some level of help for several weeks with tasks such as shopping and housekeeping.
Pick out where you would like to have outpatient physical therapy (most people attend for 2-8 weeks, depending on how well you advance).
Confirm benefits from your insurance company.
Prepare your home for an easier and safer recovery.
- Remove all throw rugs
- Create well-lit hallways and rooms that are free of clutter
- Ensure common pathways that allow for you to move with a walker (you may need to temporarily rearrange furniture to accommodate this)
- Consider stocking freezer with meals prepared before surgery (or buy frozen meals)
- Ice packs (for hip replacement)
- Ice or Frozen water bottles for polar care unit (knee replacement only - May use Ice Packs if preferred)
- Make arrangements for any pets you will not be able to walk/care for
- It is helpful to have at least 1 sturdy handrail for stairs
- Move frequently used items for easy retrieval
Gather what assistive devices you will need ahead of time, if possible. Most people use a walker for 1-2 weeks after a joint replacement. A toilet riser may be beneficial if you have low toilets.
Obtain medical clearances and all lab work as instructed by your surgeon.
Avoid constipation – try to have a bowel movement the day before or day of surgery.
Make sure you understand what medications to stop before surgery and when (Examples: Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aspirin, Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix, Herbal Supplements).
Make sure you understand all instructions – when/where to arrive for surgery, when to stop eating/drinking for surgery, what medications to stop, what medications to take morning of surgery (see page 5 in folder).
Stop shaving 5 days before surgery (Men may shave face with electric razor or clipper only).
STAY HEALTHY! AVOID CUTS/SCRATCHES/ABRASIONS! Please report any concerns to your surgeon BEFORE your surgery date.NEXT