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A major reason for putting off a hip or knee replacement replacement can be summed up in one word: fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of pain. Fear of recovery. Fear of being vulnerable. For some, this fear can be crippling, causing additional stress and anxiety in the months, weeks, and days leading up to the procedure. What joint replacement candidates often don’t realize is that this untempered fear or anxiety can actually negatively affect the outcome of surgery.

In saying this, your mind is your biggest ally going into surgery. Your body and mind are very powerful machines--resilient and built for healing. Read on as we discuss the idea of “mindfulness” and share how you can pull the plug on negative thought patterns to set yourself up for success.

What is mindfulness? It’s the practice of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment.

The full version of this article is available PeerWell--a PreHab app that helps you prepare for and recover faster from joint replacement surgery.

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