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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.


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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

How To Prepare For Your Hip Replacement Surgery

by Francisco Arnold

Getting a hip replacement is sometimes a necessity. If your doctor has told you that you need to do a hip replacement, there are some things you need to do to prepare for the surgery. Preparing will increase the chances that your surgery will go smoothly. Here is a closer look at the things you can do to prepare for surgery.

Control Your Weight

If you are carrying a few extra pounds, your doctor could advise you to try to lose weight before hip replacement. The reason why your doctor may suggest this is because it is often an effective way to help reduce the chances of getting an infection after surgery.

Gain Muscle  Strength

Gaining muscle strength is also a great way to help support your recovery. Your doctor may give you specific exercises that you can use to build muscle strength. This will ensure that the muscles that are in your hip will be ready to support your new hip replacement.

Discuss and Amend Your Medication

Another thing you may need to do is discuss and amend your medication with your doctor. There are certain medications such as blood thinners that are off-limits if you are preparing for a hip replacement. Your surgeon will liaison with your primary care physician if they have to and decide which medications you should cease before surgery.

Prepare Your Home

After your surgery, you may be unable to do things in the way you used to. This means you may find it challenging to use the bathroom, and even the shower. You may need to install grab bars and railings into your home.

A good place to put these is next to the toilet and your bathtub, You can also install railings on the wall next to the stairs. This will make it easier to go up and down easily.

Get Help

There are two types of help you will need after your surgery. You will need to get someone to assist you for a while, and you will need walking aids. You will need someone to drive you to and from the hospital, you may also need crutches and a walker to help you balance yourself while you heal.

Having a hip replacement is a serious surgery. However, there is no need to feel apprehensive about it. All you need to do is prepare and make sure you take care of yourself before and after the surgery. For more tips about how to prepare for a hip replacement, reach out to a local service.