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How can I help my husband prepare for a hip replacement?

Q) My husband (aged 75) has just been told that he can have a replacement hip in two months’ time. Have you any hints on how I can help him prepare for the operation and aid his rehabilitation afterwards? For example, do you have information on exercises, aids, rest and nutrition? His life has changed drastically during the last year and so we look forward to him having his mobility back. Thanks for any tips!
Esme, Stafford (Autumn 2011)

A) It's not uncommon for some hospitals to arrange pre-op physiotherapy for people undergoing joint replacement. This is to strengthen the muscles around the joint, making the recovery process much easier. These exercises are quite simple and easy to do. Also worth reading is our hip replacement surgery information, which contains post-op exercises. Failing this, contact your local physiotherapy department as they may have a leaflet or be able to offer you an appointment before the operation.

This answer was provided by Dr Philip Helliwell for the Autumn 2011 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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