How Can I Prepare for My Hip Arthroscopy?
Being well prepared is an important part of your recovery from hip arthroscopy surgery. There are many things you can do to help make the recovery period as smooth as possible.
Some suggestions to help you prepare for surgery:
Try to do any household work or chores before the day of your hip arthroscopy. Things like vacuuming, laundry, loading a dishwasher, making a bed, and other cleaning tasks may be very difficult or completely advised against by your surgeon in the first days or weeks after your procedure.
Make sure you don’t have to worry about getting to and from the shops after your hip arthroscopy by doing a big shop and ensuring your cupboards are stocked.
It is also helpful to prepare and freeze meals ahead of surgery so there’s no need to cook or rely on takeaway meals that tend to be high in sodium which can make swelling worse and prolong healing.
Diet and Health
A vital part of supporting your recovery is ensuring your diet and lifestyle are as healthy as possible before and after your hip arthroscopy.
Aim to eat a balanced diet including plenty of lean protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
Try to reduce your alcohol intake to a minimum during the post-operative recovery time. Your surgeon may recommend you do not drink alcohol at all as alcohol consumption can slow healing.
Smoking and Nicotine Use
If you smoke or use any nicotine products like e-cigarettes or nicotine gum, it is very important that you stop entirely for 6 weeks before and after the operation. Nicotine constricts blood flow so can significantly impair and slow your recovery.
You may not be able to drive for around 6 weeks after your hip arthroscopy.
It is important to know the effects of the anaesthetic can affect your judgement and coordination up to 24 hours after your hip arthroscopy. This makes it incredibly unsafe for you to drive after your surgery. Speak to family, friends, or your Medbelle Patient Care Adviser to arrange transportation to get home after your surgery.
Your surgeon will be able to give you more details on when it is safe to drive after your operation.
Weight and BMI
As well as having many health benefits, a healthy, sustainable weight for your body can prevent additional pressure on joints and promote a smooth recovery after hip arthroscopy.
Your surgeon may recommend you lose a certain amount of weight before having the operation. This is to help reduce the risks and complications associated with surgery that may be higher for larger individuals. Losing weight will also make the surgery easier for your surgeon to complete.
If you are struggling to lose weight in time for the operation, your surgeon may be able to refer you to a specialist dietician or weight loss adviser for support.