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C hapter 3 How to Prepare for Surgery Why Preparing for Recovery Helps Preparing for your knee or hip replacement helps make your recovery faster and smoother. You can even prepare for your rehabilitation, or rehab. This is the program you’ll follow after surgery. It will help you strengthen and use your new knee or hip. The more in shape you are before surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to get back to activities you enjoy. Help recover faster by: 77 Strengthening and stretching your leg muscles. This helps to support the knee as it heals. It also gives you a head start on rehab. 77 Preparing to use a walker or crutches. Learn to use walking aids before surgery. This will help you get up and around sooner. Strengthening your upper body can also make it easier to use walking aids. 77 Preparing your home. Make some simple arrangements at home. These can prevent falls. They can also make daily tasks easier as you recover. This includes moving objects you’ll need within reach and asking in advance for help with certain chores. You and Your Team Your healthcare team may include: 77 A physical therapist (PT). He or she will design an exercise program to build strength and aid recovery. 77 An occupational therapist (OT). He or she will help you make daily activities safer and easier during recovery. 77 An orthopedic surgeon. He or she will perform the surgery and oversee your care. 77 A nurse or case manager. He or she will coordinate your care. 10


P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery
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