There are several things that you can do before your surgery to make your recovery easier and safer.
→ You must show all your Medicines to your doctor before operation. Some of the medicines may need to be discontinued temporarily before operation.
→ 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 and infect your new replaced joint. Therefore you must notify your surgeon immediately if you are suspected or diagnosed with an infection, as they may have to reschedule your surgery.
You may also wish to consider how you will cope after the operation, for example, you may need help getting home, shopping, etc. Do discuss this with your doctor or a hospital staff member.
→ Commit to the success of your surgery: Working as a team, you, your physician, physiotherapist and your family must adopt a positive attitude toward the success of your surgery. Together, you will gain a clear understanding of the common goals and expectation of the procedure.
→ Remain as active as possible. Remaining active while waiting for your surgery is an important key to the success of your surgery. Studies have shown that the stronger and more flexible you are before your operation the quicker you will recover and more flexible you will be after the operation.
→ Gentle exercise such as walking, range of motion exercises and swimming can help you to stay strong and flexible. Seek your doctor's advice before beginning any exercise.
→ You need to improve your breathing by Incentive Spirometer.
Improve your breathing by Incentive Spirometer
1. With the unit in an upright position, place your lips tightly around the mouthpiece and exhale normally.
2. To achieve a deep and sustained breath, inhale at a rate sufficient to raise the ball in the chamber.
3. Exhale. After performing the exercise, remove the mouthpiece from you lips.
4. Relax and breathe normally for a moment after each deep breath.
5. Repeat this exercise 10 times every hour