After Surgery

After surgery you can expect to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 nights.  You will be discharged from the hospital as soon as you meet the discharge criteria.

How will I manage my pain?

The nurse will check on you to monitor your progress and help you manage your pain. You will be on pain medication and should talk to your nurse if your pain is not under control.  Too much pain can stop you from moving your joint and delay your recovery.

How soon will I be able to get up on my feet again?

You will stand up using your walker on the day of your surgery.  In the following days you will practice walking and will go up and down the stairs with crutches.

Expect to use a walking aid, like crutches or a walker, for at least the first 2 - 3 months after surgery.

How will I manage my daily activities after surgery?

Your health care providers will remind you to follow your joint precautions during daily activities.

Read more about joint precautions after hip surgery or knee surgery.

If you are having a difficult time managing everyday activities, your occupational therapist will be able to help.

Will I have physiotherapy after my surgery?

Your physiotherapist will start you on exercises to get your joint moving while you are in the hospital.  They will also help to arrange physiotherapy for when you leave the hospital.  Make sure you know your physiotherapy plan before you leave the hospital.