You will wake up after your surgery in the anaesthetic recovery area of the operating theatre. Here your vital signs and pain levels will be closely monitored prior to your return to the ward. You will have an intravenous line (drip) in your arm and usually a catheter in your bladder. Once your vital signs are deemed stable and your pain well controlled you will be returned to your room on the surgical ward.
On the first post operative day you will have a blood test and get Xrays of your brand new hip or knee. Nursing staff will ensure you receive adequate pain relief to make you as comfortable as possible.
You are able to get up and bear full weight on your operative limb and will begin physiotherapy and mobilizing straight away.
You will usually return home between 2-5 days post surgery, with a physiotherapy program to perform at home.
Exercise is a critical component of your rehabilitation after leaving hospital. You should be able to resume most normal light activities of daily living within 3 to 6 weeks following surgery. Some discomfort with activity and at night is common for several weeks.
Your activity program should include:
- A graduated walking program to slowly increase your mobility, initially in your home and later outside
- Resuming other normal household activities, such as sitting, standing, and climbing stairs
- Specific exercises several times a day to restore movement and strengthen your hip or knee.
You will be given exercises to perform at home by our physiotherapists, who will supervise your progress over the first few weeks.
Dr Gomez will see you daily whilst in hospital, then in his rooms at the 2 week post operative mark to check the healing of your wound. Please do not hesitate to contact his rooms at any time should you have any concerns about your progress.