Preparing For Hip Replacement
As increasing numbers of physically active individuals in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and early 60s decide not to live with the limitations posed by chronic hip pain, the number of total hip-replacement surgeries performed on U.S. adults continues to rise. To ready themselves for this procedure, patients can take steps to ensure full and speedy recoveries. These pre-surgery efforts begin with “prehabilitation” that includes weight and health optimization. This means that patients should stay as active as possible and work to shed extra pounds prior to surgery. There is little question that patients who are in the best shape they can be before their procedures are most likely to face an easier rehabilitation process. Physical therapy can help.