(HealthDay News) -- Having joint replacement surgery can mean a long recovery. But taking a few steps to get healthier before your operation can speed up the process.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests:
- Quit smoking, which can slow healing and recovery.
- Lose any extra weight before surgery, and be sure to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
- Avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours before surgery.
- Talk to your doctor if you use any prescribed controlled substances.
- Talk to your doctor about exercising before surgery.