Back on the ward – Day 0
We will measure your blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, temperature and oxygen levels. We will ask you if you are in any pain or feeling sick.
There may be a fine drainage tube coming from the operation site, this will be checked along with your wound. You will have oxygen through a face mask and then this will be changed to nasal oxygen where two fine tubes sit at the base of the nostrils to deliver oxygen.
You will be fitted with special stockings and attached to compression pumps - these wrap around your calves or feet to help prevent blood clots. These pumps regularly inflate and deflate gently squeezing the calves or foot.
If you have had knee surgery you will have an ice cuff wrapped around the knee. Iced water circulates within the cuff to cool the knee which reduces the formation of swelling and pain.
Following hip surgery you will have a rolled towel placed between your legs to remind you not to cross them. It is important that you do not cross your legs for six weeks.
You will be encouraged to start drinking, eating, and moving as soon as it is safe to do so. This is usually about an hour or so after your operation.
Nurses will help you when you need to pass urine - initially you will need to use a bed pan or bottle, later it may be possible to get up depending on the operation you have had.
We do a ward round every day at 8.30; this includes the nurse, resident doctor, physiotherapist and pharmacist. Please let us know how you feel and if you have any concerns.
Nurses will assist you with washing and dressing. You will have physiotherapy in the morning and afternoon to gradually progress your exercises and mobilisation, and encourage you to be independent. You will sit out for all meals, and begin to use the toilet rather than bedpans or bottles.
You will have a blood test, and an x-ray may be taken depending on the procedure performed.
You will be able to wash in the bathroom, maybe have a shower. Your physiotherapy programme will continue, starting to use your walking sticks, standing exercises, and practising stairs. You may be ready to go home later in the afternoon.
You will be helped to shower. Your wound dressing will be changed. You will continue with your physiotherapy, and hopefully go home later that day.