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Right After Hip Replacement Surgery
Now that your surgery is over, the recovery process begins. Our staff of trained professionals will be with you every step of the way.
Coaches: Plan to be at group therapy tomorrow at 9 a.m. We think of our patient's families as "coaches" who have a very important role during your stay.
Immediately following surgery: You will spend one to two hours in a recovery area, where your pain control will be established, vital signs will be monitored, and an X-ray may be taken of your new joint.
Anesthesia: Your anesthesia may cause blurred vision, dry mouth or chills. We will do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible.
Moving to the Unity JRC: Following the recovery area, you will be taken to the Joint Replacement Center where the orthopaedic team will care for you.
Pain management: Most of the discomfort occurs in the first 12 hours following surgery. Please let us know as soon as you begin to feel pain, so we can provide medication.
First steps to recovery:
- You will see the physical therapist, who will teach you exercises you can do in bed. Try to do them every hour.
- You may get out of bed to your recliner today. It is very important that you begin ankle pumps right away. This will help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.
- You should also begin using your Incentive Spirometer. Your Incentive Spirometer is an important "recovery tool" that needs to be used hourly. Your "coach" should help you exercise your lungs at least once each hour. Try to do 5-10 inhalations each hour.
Visitors: We recommend that only one or two close family members visit you the day of surgery.