Preparing FOR Hip Surgery

You need to prepare well in advance for hip surgery and recovery. The checklist below helps you plan ahead.

1. Complete the required paperwork and arrangements

  • Read the information from Dr Boyle and make a list of what you need to do
  • Complete all patient and medical history forms and return them to Dr Boyle
  • Complete all pre-operative medical tests, as required
  • Attend the pre-admission clinic, unless advised otherwise by Dr Boyle
  • Keep your scans and reports together to take with you to hospital
  • Make arrangements for rehabilitation treatment after you leave hospital

2. Get yourself ready for surgery

  • Stop taking any medications as advised by Dr Boyle and other medical practitioners
  • Complete any dental treatment at least six (6) weeks before surgery
  • Avoid any procedures in the two (2) weeks before surgery
  • Avoid cuts, scrapes, skin infections or irritations before surgery
  • If you have any concerns about your readiness for surgery, contact the team at Boyle Orthopaedics

3. Get your home ready for your return from surgery

  • Meals: prepare, buy or arrange for meals when you’re first home
  • Clothing: have loose, comfortable clothing ready for your return
  • Daily items: place clothing etc. at arm level to avoid bending and reaching
  • Home help: arrange help for cooking, shopping, bathing, laundry, pets, driving etc.
  • Trip and fall hazards: remove all hazards such as loose rugs and cords
  • Mobility aids: as advised by your Occupational Therapist (OT), hire or buy items, e.g. walking stick, reacher, long-handled equipment
  • Adapted furniture: as advised by your OT, hire or buy items, e.g. raised toilet seat, shower chair, stable chair with two arms
  • Home modifications: install safety measures, e.g. bathroom handrails, anti-slip mats

4. What to pack for your surgery and hospital stay

  • Medicare and private health fund cards
  • Government concession and health care cards
  • Medication: bring all medications and herbal supplements you’re currently taking
  • Scans and reports: bring all scans and reports related to your surgery
  • Clothing: pack comfortable day and night clothing, underwear, socks etc.
  • Footwear: bring comfortable shoes, slippers etc.
  • Toiletries: bring your regular toiletries
  • Entertainment: bring books, magazines etc.

5. Arrange help from family and friends

  • Give family and friends accurate contact details
  • Arrange transport for returning home from hospital
  • Arrange pet and garden care while you’re away
  • Arrange a contact person for any emergency