Ask The Doctors: December 2011
Hip Replacement . . . Meds That Cause Osteoporosis . . . Building New Cartilage
Preparation for a total joint replacement is an important part of your overall care. It includes a complete health evaluation, laboratory studies, a nutritional assessment, a session with a physical therapist, and patient information concerning your surgery. Youll learn about total joint replacement and why postoperative care is important in achieving good results. A physical therapist will familiarize you with post-operative exercises prior to surgery. After surgery, youll receive pain medications and physical therapy procedures.