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There have been dramatic improvements in joint replacement surgery over recent years and many people are experiencing the benefits of joint replacement due to injured, diseased, or aging joints. One of the most common questions about joint replacement surgery is: “What is the best time of the year to schedule joint replacement surgery?”
While this decision is very personal, based on lifestyle and family considerations, patient consensus tends to suggest spring and early fall are the best seasons to schedule joint replacement surgery in New Jersey.
Why Spring and Early Fall?
CLOTHING: You’ll want to wear as little clothing as possible during your recovery because it makes cleaning the wound and moving around easier. Cold, snow, and ice will make it necessary to wear more layers and more restrictive garments. Before you go to the hospital prepare a wardrobe that will be easy to get in and out of after surgery and during recovery.
SLEEP: Your sleep may be troubled in the weeks after surgery, so you’ll want to avoid the warm pajamas and heavy bedding needed during cold New Jersey winters.
EXERCISE: You’ll want to have a variety of exercise options available during your recovery to rebuild joint muscles and avoid boredom. Winter snow and ice and summer heat may keep you confined to the indoors, limiting your freedom.
WARMTH: Seniors especially, may find that it takes longer to loosen joints and get moving in cold weather. When temperatures are more consistent inside and outside there is less chance of discomfort, especially for those suffering from arthritis.
WORK: While the best time to schedule surgery will depend on individual circumstances, avoiding the popular summer vacation and winter holiday schedules of co-workers may make covering your absence easier for everyone. Of course, this doesn’t work for everyone, including teachers and those working in seasonal retail.
SURGEON: Some doctors are so busy that you must schedule your surgery 2 to 3 months ahead. Once you choose the best time, make your surgery appointment as early as possible.
CAREGIVERS: You will need a caregiver for at least the first few weeks after surgery. You may want to avoid conflicting with their own summer and holiday plans.
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