Preoperative Assessment
Making Sure You Are Safe For Surgery

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The date for your preoperative assessment will be sent to you a short while before the date scheduled for your operation.  This is a really important assessment and it will focus on your fitness to undergo surgery. 

A hip replacement is classed as major surgery.  (It is graded 4 on the 1- 4 "Grading of Surgical Procedures Severity Scale" with 4 representing the most severe).  So making sure you are prepared is absolutely essential and both your surgeon and anesthetist will want to ensure that you are physically and mentally able to cope with the procedure and the recovery phase.

Do not miss the appointment for your preoperative assessment, as there is very little chance of your surgeon going ahead with your operation unless you've attended.

As well as assessing your ability to withstand surgery the assessment will also ensure that you have all the equipment you need at home and that you are aware of the importance of exercising both pre- and post-operatively.

Preoperative Assessment
What does it cover?

  • Medication List - an assessment of your current medication, in particular, how it might interact with medication (including anesthesia) to be given during and after surgery.
  • Physical exam - a check of your general health and suitability for surgery. If a problem is found (or suspected) further medical tests will be carried out.
  • Preoperative medical tests - these tests are carried out a few weeks before surgery to allow time for treatment of any problems that may be found.
  • Physiotherapy assessment - the physical therapist will explain hip precautions to you and teach you the exercises that you need to do both before and after surgery.
  • The Occupational Therapist - the OT will talk you through the process from admission to discharge. They will also carry out a home assessment with you to ensure that you will be safe at home and advice you about how your daily activities will be affected by your hip replacement.


It is natural to be worried before the assessment.  After all it is going to be a thorough check up of your health and is going to influence whether you can have surgery or not.

If they do find something wrong, then at least you can start getting it dealt with.  If they don't, then you've got a clean bill of health and are ready to go for surgery and finally, get rid of that dreadful pain.

Related Links: 

Preparing for Recovery 
The Day of Surgery

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