Not all patients are the same. Each patient presents with a different history of pain, trauma, medical history, and surgical situation. The Rapid Recovery Joint Replacement Protocol takes into account each patient’s individual situation and provides a personalized plan. Patients who use nicotine are advised to quit, patients with a high body mass index are encouraged to lose weight, and medical problems are optimized before surgery. Talk about your individual situation with Dr. Morton.
At the institution where your surgery will be performed, you will be encouraged to visit the joint replacement class. During this class, you will be prepared with knowledge regarding preparation for surgery, finding a caretaker, medications before and after surgery, managing pain during recovery, starting rehabilitation exercises, and more. The Joint Replacement Class is important because it can help prepare you for life after surgery.
You will also be encouraged to have your medical history optimized prior to surgery. You will visit with either your PCP or a preoperative clinic to review your medical history. Any additional workup, particularly with a cardiologist may be required.
Patients are encouraged to visit with their physical therapist for a pre-operative physical therapy session. You may also use your My Mobility app for some exercises that will prepare you for a faster recovery.
Finally, you will have a pre-operative visit in Dr. Morton’s clinic to review what to expect during surgery