Surgical procedures that involve replacing or fixing a prosthetic hip joint are usually more complicated than a patient’s original surgery. The recovery period after revision surgery is often longer, especially if the patient is older and weaker.
How Should I Prepare Before My Revision Operation?
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are a few things you will need to do before your revision surgery. First, you will have an initial surgical appointment with your doctor. This consultation will include pre-operative X-rays, bone scans, a review of your medical and surgical history, a general physical examination, and a check of any allergies and current medications. If you have a metal-on-metal hip, your doctor may recommend checking your cobalt and chromium levels via a blood test, and a MARS (metal artifact reduction sequence) MRI for a detailed view of the hip joint.
Your doctor will go through the revision surgery procedure with you step-by-step, which is an opportunity for you to ask any questions or discuss any concerns. Additionally, your doctor might suggest that you consult a physical therapist to talk about your post-surgical recovery, a hip rehabilitation program in which you can enroll, and specific precautions you should take after your surgery.
Lastly, you should prepare your home before your revision surgery to accommodate any restricted activities or movements. You will be in your home for days or weeks following your surgery, so make sure you arrange your living space accordingly. You should also ask your doctor:
- What you should bring to the hospital, such as clothes, shoes or any extra aids
- What diet you should follow in the days leading to your surgery
- What medications you should be taking, such as blood thinners, pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications
Revision surgery for your hip implant may be more involved than your initial hip replacement, but the more that you know going into your surgery the better prepared you will be for the recovery process. Contact the attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley today if you have any more questions.