What should I do before the elbow replacement surgery?
If you’re planning to have elbow replacement surgery, you’ll want to spend some time preparing. Your doctor will provide you with all the details you need to know on how to be prepared for your surgery.
To be prepared for your elbow replacement surgery, you may need to do several things. For example, your doctor will ask about your medical history and require you to have a medical examination by your primary care provider.
It's important that you inform your primary care provider about any conditions you have, including allergies. A physical examination has the role of helping to ensure that any health problems you may have will be identified and treated before surgery.
Also, inform your doctor about any medicines you take and if you drink alcohol or smoke. Smoking can dangerously increase the risk of surgical complications and slow down the healing process. Additionally, your doctor may recommend that you lose weight and initiate an exercise program.