Hip Replacement Surgery
The following is a description of what you can expect when you have hip replacement surgery at the Center for Joint Replacement at Ridgeview:
What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
- You should arrive at the Surgery Department 2 hours before surgery.
- A surgical nurse will review your medications and help you prepare for surgery.
- The anesthesia team will meet with you and develop a plan for anesthesia.
- While you are in the operating room, a nurse will insert a catheter into your bladder.
- Following the operation, you will be in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit for about an hour for close monitoring.
- Eventually you will be transfered to the Joint Center for post-operative care by the orthopaedic nursing staff.
- A physical therapist may evaluate you and start your exercises this afternoon.
- You may rest and visit with friends and family for the remainder of the day and evening.
Day 1 After Surgery
- We'll get you up early to check your hemoglobin level and get you started on oral pain medications.
- The physical therapist will assess you one-on-one in your room in the morning, teaching you any movement precautions that are specific to your surgeon's technique.
- The rehab team will also help you do your exercises and begin walking short distances with a walker.
- Your catheter will be removed sometime today.
- After lunch, you will attend group physical therapy with other total joint patients; your coach is encouraged to attend.
- In the evening, you will walk a couple of times with nursing staff, getting more accustomed to your new hip.
Day 2 After Surgery
- After an early wake-up by lab and nursing, an occupational therapist will show you how to use adaptive equipment to get dressed and ready for the day.
- At approximately 8:30 a.m. you will attend group physical therapy.
- At 11:30 a.m. you will have a buffet lunch with other patients, your coach and the nursing staff; lunch is offered to your coach at no charge.
- Right after lunch, we’ll begin some of your discharge teaching, making sure that you and your coach are prepared to go home.
- At about 1 p.m. you will have a second group therapy session, practicing stairs, transfers and other activities.
- Most patients are ready to leave the hospital today; plan for your coach to be available for one-on-one discharge instructions and to take you home later this afternoon.
Day 3 After Surgery (if necessary)
- Similar to the second day, you will wake up early, have lab work, get dressed and be ready for breakfast by 7:30 a.m.
- Physical therapy is at 8:30 a.m. and you will have a final chance to practice stairs, curbs and transfers, and to review your movement precautions.
- You will get one-on-one instruction regarding medications from nursing staff and then be discharged before lunch.
- You should arrange for your coach to be here by 9 a.m. for discharge instructions and to give you a ride.
If You’re Going Directly Home
- Someone responsible needs to drive you.
- Depending on your surgeon's technique, you may start outpatient physical therapy a week after you go home; find out if this applies to you and get this appointment scheduled before your surgery and hospital stay.
- Other patients will continue with their home exercise program and will follow up with physical therapy in 6 to 8 weeks.
- If you require home health services, we will arrange this for you.
If You're Going to a Transitional Care Facility
- You can expect to stay three nights at the hospital, leaving on Day 3 after morning physical therapy.
- You should arrange for someone to drive you to the transitional care facility; alternatively, Ridgeview Social Services can set up a medical van, but this is not covered by your insurance.
- A typical stay after hip replacement surgery is 1 to 3 weeks, depending on your progress and what resources are available to help care for you at home.