Six Ways to Ensure Joint Surgery Success
Get to know the complications and risks of total hip or knee replacement and what you can do about them so you can have a successful surgery to reduce or eliminate your pain and get back to the activities you love.
1. Pick an Experienced Surgeon
2. Choose a High-Volume Facility
3. Be Aware of Metal Implants
4. Quit Smoking
Smokers have significantly higher rates of complications than non-smokers do, including blood clots, abnormal heartbeat, urinary tract infection and kidney failure. One study found that the overall revision rate – meaning the number of surgeries that had to be redone – was 10 times higher for smokers compared with nonsmokers: 10 percent vs. 1 percent. But quitting isn’t easy and usually takes time. To get started:
Choose a quit date, then plan how you’ll go about it.
Find ways to stay active, manage stress and prevent weight gain during and after you quit.
Ask friends and family for support.
Talk to your doctor about nicotine replacements and other medicines that may make quitting easier.
5. Drop Excess Weight
6. Control Other Health Problems
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