If you have untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (snoring), high blood pressure, a high HgbA1C, or are overweight, you may experience delays for surgery until these are treated. See your General Practitioner (GP) regarding these concerns.
Are you overweight?
You may need to lose weight before the surgeon will consider operating on you. Now is a good time to start your weight loss program. Alberta Health Services, Primary Care Networks, and your family physician can help with this.
Do you have diabetes?
If you have diabetes, the surgeon and the anesthetist will want you to have an HgbA1C of 8.0 or less. Work with your GP to improve or maintain good diabetic control.
Are your teeth in good condition?
Poor dental health is a potential source of infection for an artificial joint. You will need to have a dental clearance completed by your dentist before surgery to demonstrate that your teeth are in good health. If you have full dentures, you do not need to see the dentist.
Do you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
To know if you have OSA please answer these questions:
- Do you snore loudly?
- Are you often tired?
- Has anyone said you stop breathing, choke, or gasp for air while you sleep?
- Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
- Is your body mass index (BMI) more than 35?
- Are you over 50 years old?
- What is your neck size?
- Male’s shirt collar 17 inches or larger
- Female shirt collar 16 inches or larger
- Are you male?
How many questions did you say yes to?
0 – 2 questions: Low Risk of OSA
3 – 4 questions: Intermediate Risk of OSA
5 – 8 questions: High Risk of OSA
If you are at intermediate or high risk for OSA, please make an appointment with your GP or visit one of the many sleep centres in Edmonton to request a sleep study.