DAY OF SURGERY:

  • If you are out of recovery early enough, your physical therapist will come help you sit at the edge of the bed and stand with a walker if you are able, and teach you the leg exercises to do in bed.

POST OP DAY 1:

  • The physical therapist will help you get out of bed.  Your goals will be to get out of bed with help, walk with a walker, and sit up in a chair.  The physical therapist or nurse will assist you back to bed.  You will review the leg exercises in bed.
  • Most patients will receive a blood thinner to help prevent blood clots.  This may be a pill or a small injection in your abdomen.  Most patients will receive a multivitamin and a stool softener.  Laxatives are also available.
  • Your catheter should come out today, once you can get out of bed with a little help.
  • Continue to discuss your pain management plan with your surgeon and your nurse.
  • Discharge planning begins with the social worker, nurses, physical therapist and your surgeon.
  • Sleeping in the hospital:  Lying on your stomach is ok.  For side sleeping, you will be able to sleep on your non-operated leg; however, it will be painful to sleep on your operated side.  It will most likely take 6+ months to have pain free sleeping on your operated side.

POST OP DAY 2:

  • You will continue with the exercise program designed by you and your physical therapist.
  • You should be able to walk out into the hall.  Continue to do your leg exercises when in bed.
  • You will continue taking a blood thinner and prescribed medication.
  • Use your incentive spirometer every hour while awake to help prevent lung complications.
  • Social work will be in to discuss discharge plans.  If you re discharged to home, we strive to have you discharged by 11am so you’ll have time to get settled at home and have your prescriptions filled.
  • You may go home today if you are moving about well enough and are medically stable.

POST OP DAY 3:

  • Most patients are now on oral pain pills rather than injections.
  • Continue to use your incentive spirometer every hour while you are awake.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and your IV may be disconnected.
  • You may be transferred to the next level of care today.  If going home, begin making plans for transportation for the next morning and social work will continue to help with the arrangements for services or equipment needed.
  • Therapy progresses.  You will stay out of bed longer and walk further.
  • You will be seen by an Occupational Therapist before you leave.
  • You may have limitations with bending to pick up objects due to hip pain, stiffness, and/or lack of power to perform the activity.  Occupational therapy can present options for assistive to accomplish these tasks.
  • Most likely, you will go home today.  However, you have to be independent and safe getting out of bed and walking to be discharged home.
  • Equipment will have to be ordered per your surgeon’s order and arrangements completed before going home.
  • If you’re not ready to go home, you may be moved to a rehabilitation facility for a short stay until you are strong enough to go home safely.