Patients who have replacement surgery do better when they are given more care before surgery. A study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery confirms that pre-conditioning makes a positive impact on the recovery of the patient. Some examples of pre-conditioning include:
- Reassurance to the patient that pain would be controlled
- Explanation of the benefit of walking early after surgery
- Strengthening muscles before surgery
- Explaining to both the patient and family members all aftercare instructions
- Recommending extra pre- and post-surgery physical therapy sessions
Our patients leave us in just 3.5 days! In 2008, we replaced 175 joints. Nearly all of our patients are up and walking the day after surgery.