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How to prepare your body physically for joint surgery Are you on the list for a joint replacement surgery? In order to have a speedy recovery it's most important to get into the best physical shape possible before surgery! Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program and ask for any prescribed pre-surgical exercises. If you are having hip or knee replacement surgery, doing exercises to strengthen your upper body will help you cope with crutches or a walker after surgery. Isometric exercises can help maintain the strength of your leg muscles. Also ask about the exercises that will be prescribed after surgery. If you familiarize yourself with these postoperative exercises and practice them now, they will be easier to perform after the surgery. Be careful to avoid activities which will potentially increase pressure in damage joints such as running or other high impact activities. A safe and gentle way to exercise painful joints is in warm water. Doctors often refer patients to pool programs before and after surgery because of the buoyancy and low impact benefits. The old saying no pain No gain does not fly any longer! Pain is your body's signal that something does not feel good and you need to stop the activity! Also if you have pain for more than two hours following exercise you've done too much! You will be better off to shorten the duration or reduce intensity of the activity. When it comes to diet and preparing your body for surgery it's important to be nourished for healing of the bones muscles and skin. Healthy eating is extremely important to provide energy strength, and the power to heal after surgery with less chance of infection. As well, eating a balanced diet helps with me weight management which is very important because for every extra pound of weight that you carry it is equal to 4 pounds more strain on your hips and knees! A 5 pound weight loss is then equal to 20 pounds less strain on your joints! Being overweight can impact your recovery and the lifespan of a new joint!

A few other supplements to include in your diet are : -calcium to help heal bones (Men and women 50+ should take 1500 mg a day -vitamin D to help your body absorb the calcium(recommendation for men and women over 50


years old is take 800 I U /per day) protein to help build muscle strength, - Vitamin B 12 and folic acid to prevent certain types of anemia -Iron is important to help your body build up hemoglobin in your blood and resist infection (Daily recommended dietary allowance for men and women over 50 is 8 mg ) -Vitamin A and C will also help with healing and keep you healthy. In some situations some people may not need supplementation, be sure to review with your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements. Research has shown that more than 90% of people have good results following a first joint replacement. The life expectancy is roughly 15 to 20 years but the more impact and stress you place on the joint the faster it can wear out warranting a "revision" procedure. For more information on preparing for joint replacement surgery visit www.arthritis.ca

Bobbi Kittle Seniors Fitness Specialist www.pursuitfitness.ca bobbi@pursuitfitness.ca 250-317-3508


How to prepare your body physically for joint surgery