Learn how to prepare for an elective procedure and what to expect during your recovery. Orthopedic surgery is a big step. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to assure the best possible outcome.
If orthopedic surgery such as shoulder, hip, or knee joint replacement is in your future, take steps to ensure better outcomes and smooth return to normal activities. Ask your physician/surgeon how you can prepare for the procedure and what to expect after the surgery. Your doctors recommendations will be customized to your health status, age, abilities, and other factors in your physical profile. Remember: You are part of your medical team. The following information will give you an idea of what you can expect and what you can do to achieve successful recovery.