To set yourself up for a successful hip surgery, your University of Missouri Health Care hip replacement team recommends you do the following:

  • Avoid smoking and excess alcohol use during recovery
  • Communicate with us often, especially if you have specific questions
  • Exercise muscles before surgery, upper and lower body
  • Get recommended medical, dental and other checks to ensure safety
  • Inform yourself about outcomes and risks of surgery
  • Maintain good hygiene and reasonable body weight
  • Participate in scheduling, planning, discharge and related processes
  • Select a surgeon in whom you have confidence and trust
  • Understand and follow discharge instructions when you leave the hospital

The decision to have elective surgery should be made after careful thought and deliberation.