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.

April 22, 2017
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