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Having a Hip Replacement

Having a hip replacement

If you’re having a hip replacement surgery, it’s important to know:

  • why you need your hip replaced
  • what materials will be used to replace your hip
  • the risks of surgery
  • what you can expect before, during, and after surgery
  • what you can do to help make your surgery a success

You and your healthcare team

This information will help you understand how to be an active member of your healthcare team. Having a hip replacement is a team effort. It includes you, your family, and your healthcare team. Your healthcare team includes your:

  • surgeon and other doctors
  • nurses
  • case manager
  • physical therapists
  • kinesiologists
  • occupational therapists

It also includes others involved in your care that you may or may not see, such as dietitians and clerks. Your healthcare team will support you while you wait for surgery and as you go through rehabilitation and recovery.

What you need to know

It’s important that you work with your healthcare team to make sure your care is safe.

  • Ask about your healthcare plan. If there’s something you don’t understand, please let them know so they can help you.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of germs. Remind others to wash their hands too.
  • Know what medicines you take, why you take them, and how to take them. Keep a list of the medicines you take and bring it with you to your appointments.
  • To prevent falls, look around, slow down, hold onto something, ask for help, and be careful.

Your appointments before and after surgery will be at the Hip and Knee Replacement Clinic. Your case manager will work with your healthcare team and arrange all of your care.

Talk to your case manager if you have any concerns or questions.​

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