After being told by a specialist in Green Bay that a knee replacement is in order, many people focus their thoughts on the actual event, so much so that they forget an important part of the whole process: preparing for it. Indeed, preparing can not only take some of the stress away but also ensures that recovery takes less time and is easier. 

Ask

Any surgery is a big deal. Even those that are quite simple can be scary for patients, which is why talking to a knee specialist and asking as many questions as possible is of great help. Some of the things you may be wondering about include how long the surgery will  last and whether it can happen as an outpatient, without needing to stay in the hospital at all. The anesthesia used is another important thing, especially for those with allergies. The type of rehab needed is something you should be aware of, as well as how long it will take before you can return to work. 

Healthy Weight

If it’s necessary, and you can, it’s a good idea to lose weight before surgery. Indeed, those who are physically fit will have an easier time with the recovery process. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about the type of exercises you can do before the surgery.

No Smoking

Those who are smokers should either try to stop, or at least to cut down on cigarette use. Indeed, smoking can affect the recovery process, which is why it’s a good idea to stop it altogether. In addition, it also makes the increases the risk of infection. 

Have Questions?

Request a consultation with one of the knee specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.

OSI has outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.