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Preparing for hip & knee replacement surgery

Replacing one of your hips or knees is major surgery, so it's really important you understand what it involves, and what to expect afterwards. It is also important to prepare yourself before surgery, both by staying healthy and by setting up your home to be safe and easy to get around when you leave hospital.

Canterbury DHB has prepared some booklets to help you to prepare for your joint replacement surgery (ERAS stands for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery). The whole orthopaedics team – nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, surgeons and anaesthetists – prepared these booklets so you would have the best chance of a good outcome from your surgery.

They explain how to prepare for surgery, the risks of surgery, what will happen on the day of your operation, and what to expect as you recover. By completing advice in the booklets and completing the checklist and goals you will be in the best position to recover well from your surgery.

You should bring the booklets with you to all of your appointments and when you come into hospital for your operation. Click the images below to open or download the booklets.

The ERAS checklist and goals

Checklist and goals

The ERAS Hip Replacement booklet

Hip replacement

The ERAS Knee Replacement booklet

Knee replacement

The videos on the next page will also help you prepare for your surgery and understand what to expect.

On the next page: Joint replacement surgery videos

Compiled by Burwood Orthopaedics team, Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated August 2016.

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