Before the surgery goes ahead, it's important that you know exactly what to expect when going through the process of having a hip replacement. Being aware of the process and knowing how it works will be incredibly beneficial to you, especially after the operation when you're ready to leave the hospital. This is because you'll need to know the restrictions that you will have in order to prevent any complications.
Here at Spring Chicken, we have provided you with a short article which explains what you should expect on the day of the surgery, straight after the surgery and what to expect whilst in the hospital. We have highlighted the possible side effects of having the hip surgery as well as the treatments you may receive if you're in any form of pain at all. Take a read of this Spring Chicken article now in order to be prepared and know exactly what to expect from your new hip.
The day of the surgery
You should receive instructions from a doctor or an anaesthetist on what to do just before your operation, and you should prepare questions if you're worried about something. Avoid eating or drinking on the morning of the operation (within the 6 hours prior to the surgery), including chewing gum. However, you should continue to take medication unless you are told not to by a doctor.
Consult with your doctor about what you should be eating and what medicine you should be taking before your procedure. When you arrive at the hospital, you will be fitted with TED stockings, these are compression stockings they are designed to keep the blood flowing in the legs, and you may be shown how to use flowtron boots, which serve the same purpose. The leg being operated on will be marked with a marker pen. If you feel worried about anything, you can still let a doctor or nurse know and they will do their best to answer your questions. You'll then be taken to the operating theatre for your surgery.
After the surgery
Following the operation, you'll be taken to a recovery room to recover from your anaesthetic. You may be connected to fluids and other equipment when recovering - this is perfectly common and nothing to worry about. If you experience pain, medication can help relieve it so inform a doctor who can help you, nausea and vomiting are also common. You will be encouraged to do exercises which will be shown to you by a physiotherapist usually on the same day as the operation, although this depends on your condition and the time of your operation.
What to expect in hospital
- Monitoring of pain and nausea, and possibly a drip for pain control and fluids.
- An X-ray of the new hip.
- Demonstration of exercises by a physiotherapist.
- Sitting out of bed and trying to remain mobile (becoming more independent over time, and learning to walk with a crutch or cane).
By the third day, most patients are well enough to return home, however, this depends on their condition and their recovery. Click here to discover our hip essentials kit, perfect for helping you recover.
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