Resurfacing Arthroplasty
  HIP Replacements
  Total Hip Replacements
  Knee Replacements
  Oxford Unicondylar Knee Replacements
  Surface Replacement of the Shoulder
   
   
How long does the surgery take?
It depends upon how complicated your particular hip problem is, but usually a total hip replacement takes between 1 and 1.5 hours.

Will I need blood?
Some patients do require a blood transfusion of between 1-2 units (pints) of blood after a total hip. There is always blood available from the blood bank if it is needed.

Do I need to have any special tests before surgery?
You will have a heart tracing and routine blood tests. In addition you will be examined by a doctor and the appropriate side of your limb( right or left ) will be marked with indelible ink You will be explained the risks of surgery and will be asked to sign a consent form to indicate your consent for the surgery.

When will I be admitted to the hospital?
You will be admitted to the hospital the day before surgery. You will be given a phone number to call the ward the day prior to surgery to get your arrival time. Your doctor will speak to you or your family after the procedure.

How to Prepare for Surgery and Recovery?
People can do many things before and after they have surgery to make everyday tasks easier and help speed their recovery.
  Before Surgery
 
  • Learn what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Request information written for patients from the doctor or contact one of the organizations listed near the end of this fact sheet.
  • Arrange for someone to help you around the house for a week or two after coming home from the hospital.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital.
  • Set up a "recovery station" at home. Place the television remote control, radio, telephone, medicine, tissues, waste basket, and pitcher and glass next to the spot where you will spend the most time while you recover.
  • Place items you use every day at arm level to avoid reaching up or bending down.
  • Stock up on kitchen staples and prepare food in advance, such as frozen casseroles or soups that can be reheated and served easily.
IMPORTANT!!
The day before surgery, be sure there is no evidence of infection over the hip or between the toes, including pimples, cuts, scratches, or boils which should be reported to the physician. If an infection is discovered, the surgery will generally be delayed until the infection has been cleared. If you develop a cold or the flu or a stomach virus in the days prior to surgery, you should notify your physician. Remember, this is an elective procedure and we would like you as healthy as possible, so that the risks and complications will be as low as possible
   
  After Surgery
 
  • Follow the doctor’s instructions.
  • Work with a physical therapist to rehabilitate your hip.
  • Use a long-handled "reacher" to turn on lights or grab things that are beyond arm’s length. Hospital personnel may provide one of these or suggest where to buy one.
What should I bring with me to the hospital?
Bring your personal items and toiletries that you are accustomed to using at home. You may want your own pyjamas a day or two after your surgery, but generally a hospital gown is preferred immediately after surgery. A pair of comfortable flat tie shoes is also recommended. Bring your medications, but do not take these without permission of your nurses. Large amounts of money and jewellery should be left at home. No jewellery is permitted in the operating room. If you already have crutches or a walker, bring these also.
   
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  Disclaimer
All information on website are for educational purposes only and provided as a service to the community. In no way should anything here be construed as medical advice. For medical advice consult your own physician who alone, after an appropriate physical examination, can give you appropriate advice about your medical condition. Comments are welcome.