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P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery

Understanding Your Role When it comes to preparing for recovery, much of the work is up to you. So make time each day for the exercises you’ve been given. Always follow the instructions that your physical therapist or surgeon gives you. Before you go to the hospital for surgery, set up your home to make your recovery and life easier when you come back. Do this well in advance of your surgery. Ask your doctor, nurse, or physical therapist about getting your home ready. You may need help bathing, using the toilet, cooking, running errands, shopping, going to the doctor, and exercising. If you do not have someone to help you at home for the first 1 or 2 weeks after surgery, ask your doctor or nurse about having a trained caregiver come to your home to help you. This person can also check the safety of your home and help you with your daily activities. Questions for Your Healthcare Team Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you prepare for your surgery, especially hip or knee replacement: 77 Is joint replacement the best treatment for me right now? What other treatments should I think about? 77 How well does this surgery work for someone my age and with any of the medical problems I may have? 77Will I be able to walk without pain? How far? 77Will I be able to do other activities, such as golf, swimming, tennis, or hiking? Before the surgery 77 Are there exercises I should do to make my muscles stronger? 77 Do I need to lose weight before surgery? 77Where can I get help quitting cigarettes or not drinking alcohol, if I need to? Preparing your home 77 How much help will I need when I come home? 77 How can I make my home safer for me? 77What should I do if there are steps that go to my bedroom or bathroom? 77 Do I need a hospital bed? 77 Do I need to go to a rehabilitation facility? Preventing Blood Clots After Knee or HiP rePlACement Surgery Questions for Your Healthcare Team Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you prepare for your hip or knee replacement: 7 Is joint replacement the best treatment for me right now? What other treatments should I think about? 7 How well does this surgery work for someone my age and with any of the medical problems I may Learning Check! Click the button to take a short quiz on what you’ve learned in Chapter 3. have? 7 Will I be able to walk without pain? How far? 7 Will I be able to do other activities, such as golf, swimming, tennis, or hiking? Before the surgery 7 Are there exercises I should do to make my muscles stronger? 7 Do I need to lose weight before surgery? 7 Where can I get help quitting cigarettes or not drinking alcohol, if I need to? Preparing your home 7 How much help will I need when I come home? 7 How can I make my home safer for me? 7 What should I do if there are steps that go to my bedroom or bathroom? 7 Do I need a hospital bed? 7 Do I need to go to a rehabilitation facility? Write down other questions you may have here: 7 7 7 7 7 Questions for Your Healthcare Team Download/print this PDF 11


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