If you decide to have hip replacement surgery, you may be asked to have
a complete physical examination by your primary care doctor before your surgical procedure.
This is needed to assess your health and identify conditions that can interfere with your
surgery or recovery.
Several tests may be needed to help plan your surgery: Blood and urine
samples may be tested. Individuals with a history of recent or frequent urinary infections
and older men with prostate disease should consider a urological evaluation before surgery.
- Provides information regarding the condition of the heart for surgery.
- Provides information about the respiratory status of the
-Your skin should not have any infections or
irritations before surgery. If either is present, contact your orthopedic surgeon for a
program to improve your skin before surgery.
A blood transfusion is often necessary after hip surgery. One option is
auto transfusion after surgery. You may be advised to donate your own blood prior to
surgery. It will be stored in the event you need blood after surgery.
Consult your orthopedic surgeon about the medications you are taking.
Your orthopedists will advise you which medications you should stop or can continue taking
before surgery. An anesthesiologist explains what types and options of anesthesia are
available for hip surgery
If you are overweight, your doctor may ask you to lose some weight
before surgery to minimize the stress on your new hip and possibly decrease the risks of
Infections after hip replacement are not common, an infection can occur
if bacteria enter your bloodstream. Bacterial Infections can happen during dental
procedures, you should consider getting treatment for dental disease before your hip
replacement surgery. Routine cleaning of your teeth should be delayed for several weeks
The doctor may ask you for more specialized tests, depending on the
causes of the pain:
: An MRI uses a large magnet, radio
waves, and a computer to generate images of the head and back. It is helpful in
diagnosing avascular necrosis.
: It is most often used to evaluate the
severity of avascular necrosis and to obtain a more accurate picture of malformed or
unusually shaped joints.
: Aspiration is a procedure in which fluid is withdrawn from
the joint and sent to a laboratory for analysis. It is done to check for infection in
: An arthrogram is a special type of X ray in which a contrast
dye is injected into the hip to outline the cavity surrounding the joint.
: This test measures the density or strength of the