|Day Before Surgery|
|Post-Operative Day 1|
|Post-Operative Day 2|
|Post-Operative Day 3|
Hospital admission usually occurs on the day of your surgery. You will be asked to arrive at the hospital one and a half hours before surgery. After checking in at the Surgical Center Registration, you will be taken to the pre-operative holding area. Your belongings will be stored and delivered to your room later in the day.
A nurse in the pre-operative area will coordinate your preparation for surgery, which includes:
Your family is welcome to stay with you until it is time to go to the Operating Room (OR). When you are taken to the OR, your family will be directed to the family waiting area where they can wait during your surgery.
After Surgery - Post Anesthesia Care Unit
After surgery, you will wake up in your bed in the recovery room known as the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). You may not remember much of this part of your stay. Here are some of the routine activities that will be happening as you wake up from your surgery.
We are aware that you will have pain after surgery. You may wake up in PACU with pain. Your pain management will begin there. Your comfort is important to us. Do not wait for someone to offer medicine. Let your nurse and doctor know right away if you feel pain. Your nurse will check to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. The staff will ask you how strong the pain is.
We will use a scale from 1 to 10.
Additional Info During Your Stay
Foley catheter. Your nurse will check the drainage from the catheter (tube) from your bladder.
Ice. You may receive ice to apply to your knee to decrease pain and swelling.
Incentive Spirometer (IS). You will be asked to cough and breathe deeply every hour while you are awake, and use an incentive spirometer (clear plastic tube to assist with deep breathing).
IV (Intravenous catheter). Your nurse will also check on IV fluids and antibiotics you receive.
Keeping your new joint safe. Your operative leg may be supported using sling suspension. Proper positioning is important for the safety and recovery of your new joint. Your nurse and therapists will teach you how to protect your joint when in bed and moving around. These positions will be reviewed with you each day and will be posted in picture form by your bed.
Medications. Your physician will order your medications. If you have any questions about your medicines, please be sure to ask your nurse. You will be on a blood thinning medication to prevent blood clots.
Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy. The Rehabilitation staff will see you one to two times daily after an initial evaluation session. PT will teach you how to get in and out of bed, move about the room and walk with an assistive device. OT will teach you strategies to assist with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and meal preparation.
Rounds. Your surgeon is the leader of your health care team. During your hospital stay various members of your health care team may visit you.
Tests. You may have more tests including lab work or X-rays.
Vital signs. A nurse or patient care assistant will take your vital signs several times a day. This may include your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level and pain levels.