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Preparing for Surgery

Once you decide to go ahead with a total hip replacement, it is important to start planning for your surgery, hospital stay, and discharge home. Preparation is just as important as the recovery process because this will ensure the best outcome for you.
 
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At North York General Hospital, your health care team walks you through all the steps before your operation.
 
Here is a list of some of the things you will need to prepare ahead of time:
  • Plan for someone to drive you to and from the hospital.
  • Arrange to obtain equipment from a medical supply store
  • Set up your equipment at home and practice using the equipment.
  • Move your furniture so that you have a clear path for walking, especially if you might be using crutches, a walker, or cane.
  • Set up a high chair with a firm cushion and arm rests to sit on after surgery.
  • Put frequently used items at your waist to shoulder height to minimize bending down.
  • Remove loose rugs and other items that you could trip on
  • Make sure there is good lighting so you can see the floor clearly.
  • Make sure staircase handrails are securely fastened to the wall.
  • Arrange for a support person or coach to stay with you or be available for the first three days after you go home.
  • If you think you will need help with activities of daily living after surgery (e.g. bathing, toileting, getting dressed), contact private home care agencies. Look under “Home Support” in your local phone book or the Community Resources.on this website.
  • Arrange for grocery delivery and stock up on healthy frozen meals.
  • Arrange for someone to care for your pets.
Approximately a month or less before your surgery date, you will have an appointment at the Pre-operative Assessment Clinic, located at North York General. Here you will be seen by a nurse to review important forms, have your blood tested, and have an electrocardiogram (ECG) done. You will also be seen by an anesthesiologist and possibly a medical doctor. You will attend an educational class that is facilitated by a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a nurse, and a home care representative.

Do you have any questions or concerns? Contact the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator at 416-756-6000 ext. 4490 or email Hipknee.Navigator@nygh.on.ca. Learn more about the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator.