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Preparing for Your Surgery

You and your surgeon should decide together if joint replacement is right for you. Our specialists will partner with you to meet your individual needs in preparation for surgery. They will discuss risks, infection prevention and pain management with you.

Surgery preparation is not only completed in the office, but also at home. It is imperative that patients understand and engage in health-promoting behaviors to achieve the best outcomes. These behaviors include:

  • Stand up, sit less, move more, move often: Incorporate physical activity into daily life as much as your body allows.
  • Lose weight: Make dietary modifications without sacrificing nutrition.
  • Stop using all nicotine products.
  • See your dentist.
  • Manage pre-existing conditions: Consult your provider to ensure your diabetes, anemia, etc. are under control.
  • Monitor your skin: Avoid sunburn, open wounds, scratches and rashes.

Preparing for Hip Replacement Surgery | Q&A with Savya Thakkar, M.D.

Savya Thakkar, a hip and knee replacement specialist, talks about which conditions may require a hip replacement and what to expect before and after the surgery.

Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery | Q&A with Savya Thakkar, M.D.

Orthopaedic hip and knee surgeon Savya Thakkar describes how to prepare for your knee replacement surgery, the procedure, recovery and life with an implant.


We also ask you to complete this list of tasks leading up to your surgery date:

  1. Select a coach
  2. Download a patient education guide
  3. Register for an educational session

Select a Coach

You will need to select a “coach” who will help you through the process and surgery. This person can be a family member or good friend — someone you can count on to go to therapy sessions while you are in the hospital, drive you to your appointments and be present during your discharge education. It is essential to have someone who will support you during this time.

Download a Pre-operative Patient Education Guide

The educational guides below contain rich information on what to expect leading up to, during and after your surgery. We encourage you to review the guide at home with your coach and bring it with you to your educational session.

Attend the Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery Educational Session

We offer an informative educational session to help you and your coach prepare for your upcoming surgery. During the class, we'll review important aspects of your care and what to expect during and after your hospital stay. Topics include diet and nutrition, exercises, infection prevention, anesthesia, pain reduction program, medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy and home safety checklists. You'll be able to ask questions about what to expect during your hospital stay and recovery. Call 410-550-4972.

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