After the surgery

After the surgery, you will be taken into a recovery room where your progress can be monitored to make sure that you are feeling well, the anaesthesia wears out, and your pain medication is sufficient. After this, you will be taken either to the ward or to the recovery room for patients going home.

The visiting hours for ward 21 are 12:00–20:00. The ward is in the M-wing on floor -1.

1. Rehabilitation starts on the day of surgery

As soon as the anaesthesia wears out, you should:

  • move the operated joint about
  • actively straighten and bend your ankles
  • activate and then relax the muscles of your thighs and buttocks

During the first 6 hours after your surgery, a nurse or a physiotherapist will help you get out of bed. You are free to walk, but use crutches until you can walk as usual.

Tell the staff if you’re not feeling well or you need help with pain management. Take the pain medication as prescribed. However, at this stage a totally pain-free state cannot be achieved. You can speed up the recovery process by being active. Remember to start practicing the range of motion.

2. Preventing thrombosis

To prevent thrombosis, it is important that you are as active as possible and move around. After the surgery, you will be prescribed medication to prevent thrombosis, and you need to continue taking the medication for 2–4 weeks.

3. Going home

The hospital staff will assess your ability to function. You can leave the hospital after you meet all the preconditions that have been agreed on. For your safety, we wish your support person comes to listen the instructions given by your doctor and nurse. You will get all necessary prescriptions, sick leave forms, an infection awareness form, and the date for your post-surgery check-up (the last may also be sent to you). Keep in mind that patients can be discharged from the hospital in the evening, as well. You won’t necessarily meet your surgeon before you leave the hospital.

When can I go home?

You can leave the hospital after:

  • You can dress yourself
  • You can get out of bed and stand up from a chair by yourself
  • You can take care of your personal hygiene
  • You can walk 40 meters, and if necessary, climb stairs
  • You have someone who can help you at home

After day-surgery, you also need to:

  • have someone to take you home, and come listen to the instructions given by your doctor and nurse
  • have someone to stay at home with you
  • have had the surgery under local anaesthesia
  • live close to the hospital (approximately 30 mins)
  • feel well enough
  • manage with your pain