How you prepare

Before surgery you'll meet with your orthopedic surgeon for an examination. The surgeon will:

  • Ask about your medical history and current medications
  • Do a brief general physical examination to make sure you're healthy enough to undergo surgery
  • Examine your hip, paying attention to the range of motion in your joint and the strength of the surrounding muscles
  • Order blood tests, an X-ray and possibly an MRI

This preoperative evaluation is a good opportunity for you to ask questions about the procedure. Be sure to find out which medications you should avoid or continue to take in the week before surgery.