An older man clutches his knee and thinks about the questions he will ask his doctor that are essential to know before a hip or knee replacement.

You’ve just learned that Dad needs to have knee replacement surgery. You’ve heard bits and pieces of what this might entail from a friend who has been through it, but are you truly prepared to help him get ready for the surgery and recuperate safely and fully afterwards?

Millions of people undergo joint replacement surgery every year. The good news is that although it can be scary to face, the resulting relief from pain and typically quick recovery will soon have your loved one back on their feet.

Preparing for Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery

It can feel daunting to absorb everything the surgeon will tell you ahead of the procedure. The best way to ensure you have all of the important information is by making a list of questions you want the doctor to answer. Even this step can feel stressful, however, but don’t worry – our care team has prepared a list of common questions for you!

Copy any relevant questions from the list below, and then add in any others you might have:

  • How soon will my loved one be able to shower?
  • Are there any modifications that need to be made to the home for a safer recovery?
  • Is it necessary to go to a rehab facility for recovery, or can my loved one recover at home with help?
  • Is it recommended that my loved one lose weight or make any other changes in lifestyle?
  • What sort of supplies or medical equipment will be helpful?
  • Are there any medications that should be stopped or started prior to the procedure?
  • When can regular activities be resumed?
  • How long is the typical hospital stay?
  • What are the risks of a hip or knee replacement surgery?
  • How much pain should be expected after the surgery, and what types of pain relief are available?
  • How long will the surgery last?
  • Is it useful to practice walking with a cane or walker before the surgery?
  • What exercises can be implemented now to strengthen muscles?
  • What type of anesthesia is usually used, and are there options available?
  • What specific instructions are there for the day of the surgery?
  • What results can be expected for someone of my loved one’s age and with their specific health conditions?

Recovering After Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery

Making a plan now for a loved one’s recovery can make the transition home from the hospital smoother and easier. At Grace Home Care, we are here to help with post-surgical in-home care services that relieve some of the stress surrounding a hospitalization. For instance, we can:

  • Provide transportation and accompaniment to and from the hospital
  • Monitor for changes in condition or medication side effects and report them immediately
  • Prepare nutritious meals
  • Encourage participation in doctor-approved exercises and provide transportation to physical therapy appointments
  • Provide medication reminders so medications are taken exactly as prescribed
  • Assist with transfers and mobility, showers/baths, along with other personal care needs to decrease the chance of a fall
  • Take care of light housekeeping and laundry
  • Pick up groceries and prescriptions and run any other errands needed
  • Offer companionship for conversations and enjoyable pastimes during recovery
  • And much more

You can reach us any time at 785-286-2273 or via our online contact form to learn more about how we can ease a medical procedure, before, during, and after, for someone you love. We are proud to provide our award-winning in-home care services throughout Topeka, Kansas.