After surgery to repair a hip fracture, you will spend a few hours in the
recovery room, and then 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 be getting fluids through a tube in your vein called an IV. You may
also have a drain near the cut (incision) on your hip.
not feel hungry. You may feel sick to your stomach or constipated for a couple
of days. This is common. 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.
people spend 2 to 4 days in the hospital. But depending on your health before
the surgery, you may need to stay longer.
This care sheet gives
you a general idea about how your recovery will begin in the hospital. Each
person has a different experience and recovers at a different pace.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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