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What You Can Do While You Wait

Educate Yourself

Learn about what you can expect before, during and after surgery. Our questions to ask your specialist are a great place to start. The more aware and prepared you are about your surgical journey, the more comfortable you will be.

Prepare Your Environment

Obtain any adaptive equipment you will need after surgery. Examples of adaptive equipment include wheelchairs, bath chairs and stair lifts. Requirements will vary depending on the type of surgery you are having. Your surgical care team will be able to help you determine your needs.

It’s also a good idea to stock up on groceries before your operation in order to reduce errands outside your home post-surgery.

Take Care of Your Health

Make sure you are eating well, getting a good night’s sleep and exercising regularly. The healthier you are pre-surgery, the better your chances of a faster recovery.

WheelchairMany health regions have aquatic therapy programs that benefit pre- and post-op joint-surgery patients – such as those preparing for hip and knee surgery. Ask your surgical care team about available programs that may be of value to you both pre- and post-op.

Arrange Any Help You May Need Post-Surgery

Together with your surgical care team, line up any necessary home care in advance. If you have family or friends who will be assisting you post-surgery, give them a clear indication of what type of help you will require and when so that they can clear their schedule accordingly.

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