Once your hip replacement surgery or knee replacement surgery has been scheduled, it is time for you to get prepared! The pre-operative stage is very crucial and certain lifestyle, dietary and other changes can improve the outcome of the surgery.  Adequate information about the surgical procedure, expected outcomes, as well as understanding the risks and complications can help you face the challenges of surgery and assist in a smooth recovery.

Before Surgery

Before surgery, your doctor will perform a complete physical examination to make sure you don't have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the outcomes. Routine tests, such as most of the blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before surgery.

Important things you should know before the surgery are:

  • Obtain information about the surgical procedure from your doctor.

    Obtain information about the surgical procedure from your doctor

  • Have someone available to take you home; you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours after the surgery.

    Have someone available to take you home; you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours after the surgery

  • Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won't have to exert yourself to reach them post-surgery.

    Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won't have to exert yourself to reach them post-surgery.

  • Buy food that is easy to prepare and healthy to consume during your recovery.

    Buy food that is easy to prepare and healthy to consume during your recovery.

  • Clean the house before going to the hospital so you won’t have to focus on that during your recovery.

    Clean the house before going to the hospital so you won’t have to focus on that during your recovery.

  • Start strengthening exercises to help strengthen the muscles that support your joints.

    Start strengthening exercises to help strengthen the muscles that support your joints.

  • Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.

    Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.

* Get all your questions addressed with your surgeon before you go for surgery.

A total hip replacement is one of the most successful operations that orthopedic surgeons perform.  A hip replacement is an elective surgery, which means patients decide if and when to have their hip replaced. As a physician, I never tell patients they have to have a hip replacement surgery, but many times surgery may offer the only possibility for pain relief. Although the surgery is elective, it is covered by most insurance companies; however, depending on your policy you maybe required to make a small co-payment. My philosophy is to give my patients as much information as they need to make informed decisions regarding their health and hip pain and then treat their hip pain according to their wishes.


A hip joint is basically a ball and socket joint.  A hip replacement involves removing the ball (femoral head) and replacing it with a metal prosthetic ball. The femoral prosthesis is inserted into the hollow part of the femoral shaft. The socket of the pelvis is machined into a hemisphere and a metal hemisphere is inserted into the socket. The new metal ball and new metal socket form the new hip joint and allow the same and often times more motion than the native hip joint. The femoral and acetabular prosthesis are attached to your bones by creating a space in the bone that is slightly smaller than the metal prosthesis and then pressing the metal prosthesis into this tight space. Occasionally, the metal prosthesis is attached to the bone with bone cement. The parts are made of stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and/or polyethylene. I typically make an incision about 3-4 inches long for a hip replacement.


The purpose of this web page is to educate patients about the major aspects of hip replacement surgery. Many studies have shown that an informed patient will have less surprises and more satisfaction with their surgery. I do not intend to scare people away from getting their hip pain treated. Although the following information is a reasonable overview of what I consider the major aspects of hip surgery, it is not a substitute for a clinical consultation where I can directly answer your questions. If you would like more information, please schedule an appointment to see me.

Get all your questions addressed with your surgeon before you go for surgery.

Important things you should know before the surgery are:

Once your surgery has been scheduled, it is time for you to get prepared for the surgery. The pre-operative stage is very crucial and certain lifestyle, dietary and other changes can improve the outcome of the surgery.  Adequate information about the surgical procedure, expected outcomes, as well as understanding the risks and complications can help you face the challenges of surgery and assist in a smooth recovery.


Before surgery, your doctor will perform a complete physical examination to make sure you don't have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the outcomes. Routine tests, such as most of the blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before surgery.

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