After hip replacement surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. In a few hours, you will go to your hospital room. You may see a metal triangle called a trapeze over your bed. You can use this to help move yourself around in bed. You will be very tired and will want to rest. Your nurse may also help turn you as you rest.
You will probably still have a tube that drains urine from your bladder (urinary catheter), and you will probably get fluids through a tube in your vein called an IV. You may also have a drain near the cut (incision) on your hip.
You may not feel hungry. You may feel sick to your stomach or constipated for a couple of days. This is normal. Your nurse may give you stool softeners or laxatives to help with constipation.
You may have stockings that put pressure on your legs to prevent blood clots. Your nurse may also give you medicines and exercise instructions to help prevent clots.
Most people get out of bed with help on the day of surgery or the next day. You will probably spend 2 to 7 days in the hospital after your surgery.
Having surgery can be stressful. The information below tells you what to expect. Each person has a different experience and recovers at a different pace.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MPH - Rheumatology
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