You will be transferred to an inpatient room and greeted there by the nursing staff. A frame will be placed on your bed to make it easier to move around. You will receive oxygen through a small tube placed in your nose. Some patients will have a urinary catheter, which is a small tube used to drain urine from your bladder. You will still have an IV in your arm to administer fluids and antibiotics.
You may have elastic stockings (TEDs) on your legs, as well as inflatable stockings called SCDs on one or both of your legs. These help with circulation and prevention of blood clots. You will have a dressing on your hip and possibly a drain coming from your leg. The drain collects any excess blood from your operative site. Many patients also have an ice bag placed at the operative site.
You will be given a device called an Incentive Spirometer to assist you with breathing. The nursing staff or respiratory therapist will teach you how to use it for deep breathing exercises. You should try to use it 10 times per hour when awake.
You will be offered ice chips to start with, then water. If you are not nauseated, the nurses will advance your diet. Please let them know if you follow any special diet.
Each surgeon manages pain differently. Discuss options with your nurse or surgeon.
Some patients require a blood transfusion after surgery due to blood loss. Every effort is made to minimize this. However, blood loss is common during hip surgery.
The usual hospital stay for a total joint replacement is 2-3 days. Depending on your progress, you will either go home or move to the next level of care.