Post-Operative Day 1

Everyone progresses at his or her own pace. The activities listed below are a guideline for what to expect during your hospital stay.

Daily Plan of Care: Day One

  • You will continue with incentive spirometer to exercise your lungs.
  • Continue with medications for pain. It is important to communicate with staff how well your pain is being relieved.
  • The nursing staff will assist you with bathing and changing positions in bed.
  • Your doctor (resident, PA or NP) will remove the drain tube (if applicable) from your incision and may change the bandage.
  • An orthopaedic resident, PA and NP will make rounds daily.
  • You will continue to have an IV catheter.
  • Additional blood may be administered.
  • You may continue to have a bladder catheter.
  • Compression boots will be worn to promote circulation and prevent blood clots. You may also have elastic stockings. 
  • Blood tests will be done.
  • You will begin taking liquids and your usual diet as tolerated.


Activity

  • Sit at the edge of the bed with assistance.
  • Begin walking.

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