During Your Hospital Stay
Post- Op Day #1: The Day After Surgery
The day will begin early, approximately at 5:30 AM. You will have blood drawn. If still in place, your oxygen will be removed. Your IV will be converted to a simple saline lock and, if you have a foley catheter, it will be removed. You will be assisted in bathing at the bedside and dressing in the comfortable clothes you have brought from home. If you feel like it, you may be assisted to your recliner for breakfast. After breakfast, you will begin physical therapy. Your first physical therapy session will be a one on one evaluation by the physical therapist. If this does not take place on the day of your surgery, it will be done the first thing on your first post-op day. The physical therapist will help you bend, straighten, and gain strength in your new joint. If you are comfortable while sitting, your Physical Therapist may assist you in taking a few steps with the walker. After lunch you will be assisted to group therapy class held in our cheerful Sun Room. Your “coach” is requested to participate in your therapy.
Post- Op Day #2: Two Days After Surgery
The day begins early again with blood drawn at approximately 5:30 AM. Your bandage will be changed, and you will be assisted to the bathroom and the shower. You will continue physical therapy twice daily, following your exercise program and will walk further each day with your walker. Occupational therapy will work with you on daily activities using long handled devices and begin talking about your equipment needs. If you are ready, you may go home today.
Post- Op Day #3: Three Days After Surgery
Most patients have discharged by now, but if you remain in the hospital, you will continue physical therapy before you go home today. You will have occupational therapy only if needed. When you can get in and out of bed alone, walk safely with your walker, and have demonstrated the ability to climb stairs (if needed), you will be able to leave the hospital.
You can expect to perform these functions by the third day. YOU are the most important player on your team of caregivers. Although your doctor or one of his partners will see you daily, and your nurses and therapists will play roles in supporting your care, only YOU can do what needs to be done to make the most of your new joint. Your hard work and effort will be worth it!