A Serious State of Affairs
Once your doctor informs you that you need to have a knee surgery, he/she will probably try and reassure you that this is nothing serious and that you have nothing to worry about. However, regardless if you need to undergo a knee replacement surgery or a total knee replacement surgery, these procedures are quite frightening. Luckily, there are certain organization and lifestyle management factors which you can take care of, making it possible for you to undergo this surgery with minimal efforts and complications. All you need is a good plan beforehand.
Preparing for a Knee Surgery
First of all, you need to sign the Arbitration Agreement. Without this taken care of, your doctors will not perform the surgery on you. So, deal with this during the consultations with the doctor or before the surgery itself.
Also, you need to sign another type of a document, your informed consent. This document verifies that you have read it and completely understood the possible risks of the procedure you are about to have. Thereby, for your best interest, you are to read this carefully before signing it. Speaking of signing, it is obligatory, since the surgery cannot take place without it.
Next come the insurance requirements. You must have all the paperwork taken care of, fill out your insurance forms and submit all this to the hospital on time. Moreover, you will have to acquire the certification for the surgery beforehand. Taking into consideration that the process of getting this document might take weeks, be well-organized and require it timely. Naturally, if there are other forms and/or papers that you need to hand over, either to your hospital or to your insurance company, do it before the surgery, getting it out of the way.
Additionally, the hospital will ask you to donate blood in order to be used during the procedure, should you start bleeding or experience other health complications related to this, ending up needing blood transfusion. You may choose from several different options of blood transfusion, being autologous blood, direct blood donor, cell saver blood or banked blood.
Medications are also an issue and you have to tell your doctors what kind of drugs you are using before the surgery, so that they may adjust your therapy and your medications during the surgery to those, avoiding any unwanted side-effects.
Finally, think ahead. Lose your weight a bit, through lifestyle changes and exercising. This way, you will avoid placing too much weight on your knee after the surgery. Furthermore, you need to prepare your home, making it compatible with your needs and decreased mobility after the surgery. Last but not the least, have your overall health examined before the surgery, undergoing medical and orthopedic evaluation.