You will wake up in the recovery room with a number of monitors to record your vitals. (Blood pressure, Pulse, Oxygen saturation, temperature, etc.) Post-operative X-rays will be performed in recovery.
Once you are stable and awake you will be taken back to the ward.You will have one drip in your arm for fluids.
The day of surgery we aim to get patients up and walking with the physical therapy. Pain is normal but if you are in a lot of pain, inform your nurse.
You will be able to put all your weight on your hip and your Physiotherapist will help you with the post-op hip exercises.
The majority of patients spend 1-3 nights in the hospital and the duration depends on how well you do in the hospital.
Sutures are usually dissolvable but if not are removed at about 10 days.
A post-operative visit will be arranged prior to your discharge.
The rehabilitation following surgery usually entails working with a physical therapist while in the hospital. For the first 2 weeks following discharge we encourage you to walk and mobilize at home without home health services; however, in select cases we will encourage either home health services or a short stay at a rehabilitation center. Patients start seeing a physical therapist in an outpatient setting at about 2 weeks following your hip replacement.