You have just found out that Dad will need knee replacement surgery. You’ve heard bits and pieces of what this could involve from a friend who has been through it, but are you truly prepared to help him get ready for the surgery and heal safely and fully afterwards?
Millions of people undergo joint replacement surgery each year. Fortunately, though it can be daunting to face, the resulting relief from pain and typically quick recovery will soon have your loved one back on their feet.
What to Ask Before Joint Replacement Surgery
It can feel intimidating to absorb all of the information the doctor will provide ahead of the procedure. The best way to make sure you have all of the details you need is by knowing what to ask before joint replacement surgery. Even this task can feel overwhelming, however, but never fear – our care team has put together a list of commonly asked questions for you!
Copy any relevant questions from the list below, and then add in any others you have:
- What type of supplies or medical equipment will be helpful?
- What exercises can be implemented now to strengthen muscles?
- Are there any medications that should be stopped or started before the procedure?
- What type of anesthesia is typically used, and are there options available?
- Is it useful to begin practicing walking with a walker or cane ahead of the surgery?
- How much pain will be experienced after the surgery, and what forms of pain relief are available?
- What risks are involved with joint replacement surgery?
- Is it recommended that my loved one lose weight or make any other change in lifestyle?
- Are there preparations we should make now to the home for a safer recovery?
- How soon will my loved one have the ability to shower?
- When can regular activities be resumed?
- What results should be expected for someone my parent’s age and with their specific health issues?
- Is it necessary to go to a rehab facility for recovery, or can my loved one recover at home with help?
- How long is the typical hospital stay?
- How long will the surgery last?
- What specific instructions are there for the day of the surgery?
Recovering After Joint Replacement Surgery
Making plans now for a loved one’s recovery can make the transition home from the hospital smoother and easier. At Compassionate Nursing Services, we’re here to help with post-surgical home care services that relieve some of the stress surrounding a hospitalization. For example, we can:
- Assist with transfers and mobility, showers/baths, and other personal care needs to decrease the risk of a fall
- Encourage participation in physician-approved exercise and provide transportation to physical therapy appointments
- Prepare nutritious meals
- Provide medication reminders so meds are taken exactly as prescribed
- Monitor for changes in condition or medication side effects and report them immediately
- Provide transportation and accompaniment to and from the hospital
- Take care of picking up groceries and prescriptions and run any other errands needed
- Offer companionship for conversations and enjoyable pastimes during recovery
- Take care of light housekeeping and laundry
- And more
You can reach us any time online or at 314-432-4312 for more information on how we can ease a surgical procedure, before, during, and after, for someone you love. Our services are available throughout Town and Country, Clayton, Oakville, and the surrounding areas. Visit our Service Area page to see if we are available to help in your location.