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Preparing your body and your mind for the best outcome with joint replacement surgery is termed "optimization."

You can dramatically improve your outcomes by going into surgery with optimal health. 

Research studies support optimizing each category below before surgery.  Click each to learn more.

Patient on Scale

Weight loss is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your surgical outcome.

Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol impairs liver function which is critical for healing after surgery. If you average more than 2 drinks per day, read more by clicking the arrow below.

Prescription Drugs

Use of opioids before surgery makes pain more difficult to control after surgery, increases complication rates, and decreases patient satisfaction.

Man Sleeping

If you snore loudly, feel tired throughout the day, have a large neck circumference, or believe you might have sleep apnea, you should be screened for sleep apnea.

Cigarette Closeup

Cigarettes, cigars, vaping, chew, and any other nicotine product used before or after surgery might increase your risk of complications.

Green Goodness

What you eat before and after surgery can dramatically affect your outcome. 

Blood Test

If you have diabetes, make sure your blood sugars we closely watched and controlled before and after surgery.


Research shows that mental health plays a critical role in recovering from joint replacement surgery.  If you think you have anxiety, depression, or another mental health disorder, have it evaluated and treated before surgery.

Opioid Use

Body Weight




Sleep Apnea


Mental Health

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