Hip joint replacement surgery is a procedure proven to be safe and effective. As with all surgeries, there are a number of things which the hospital will ask you to do to ensure that the operation is a success. If you have any questions or concerns, ask your doctor or the hospital staff.
- Stop smoking
If you have not already done so, it is suggested that you stop smoking at least four weeks before your surgery. This will help reduce the risk of complications during and after your surgery.
- Make sure all infections are cleared up prior to the surgery
These include: tooth abscesses, bladder infections, infections such as leg ulcers, colds and the flu. This is because infections could spread through your body during the operation. Inform your surgeon immediately if you are suspected or diagnosed with an infection, as they may have to reschedule your surgery.