Signing the consent form for surgery is only the first step in your joint replacement journey. To help maximize your outcome and an enjoy smooth recovery, health conditions should be optimized prior to surgery by your primary care physician or other physicians as much as possible. Please discuss smoking cessation and weight optimization prior to surgery to help improve your recovery from joint replacement.
The surgical aspect of joint replacement is only part of the treatment. Optimizing your health, building strength and pre-habilitating your muscles will help improve your recovery from joint replacement as well as contribute to other positive health outcomes. The Osteoarthritis Service Integration System (OASIS) team has developed a wealth of patient resources to guide them through the pre- and post-operative process. They have a specific PreHab class which instructs patients how best to get ready for surgery as well as provides them with a wealth of other valuable information. Please visit their website to help you get ready for surgery.
Patients booked for surgery will be contacted by OASIS to attend their free PreHab session. If you are on a surgical waitlist and have not been contacted, please visit the OASIS website via the link above to contact them.
You will need some or all of the following equipment for your hospital stay as well as at home. These items should be arranged pre-operatively to ensure that you are ready.
A full list can be found here.
You can purchase or rent the equipment from medical supply stores in the lower mainland. If financial resources are limited, you can borrow equipment from the Red Cross for a temporary period of 3 months.
The Red Cross website is located here.
Some medical supply companies in the lower mainland can be found here.
You may wish to purchase an ice machine, or cryocuff. For more information, please refer here.
In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, we are currently developing an advanced practice physiotherapy resource for our patients. More information to come.
Poorly controlled diabetes can cause a delay in wound healing which increases the risk for infection of newly replaced joints. Infection of joints can be a catastrophic complication leading to poor outcomes and as such, your surgeon may delay surgery if your diabetes is poorly controlled. A marker of diabetic control is called the Hemoglobin A1C (HBGA1C) should be 7 or less to have an elective joint replacement.