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After Hip Revision Surgery

In this section we will discuss a few things you need to know in regard to surgery and recovery. We will cover some common hospital protocols as well as precautions your doctor and staff will be taking to avoid complications which can result from surgery.

  • Surgery and recovery
  • Post-operative care and precautions
  • Rehabilitation after hip revision surgery
  • Hospital discharge and home instructions
  • Life after hip revision surgery

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for a period of close observation. The staff will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and body temperature. Special attention will be given to your circulation and sensation in your feet and legs. When you awaken and your condition is stabilized, you will be transferred to your room.

While protocols differ from hospital to hospital, here is a list of things you may see when you wake up:

  • A large dressing applied to the surgical area
  • A drain tube leading directly into the surgical area
  • An IV will continue post-operatively in order to provide adequate fluids and administer antibiotics and other medications
  • A catheter may have been inserted into your bladder as the side effects of medication often make it difficult to urinate
  • A V-shaped wedge pillow may be inserted between your legs to keep your new hip in the best position
  • A patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) device may be connected to your IV for pain relief

Your surgeon will give you specific post-op instructions to follow before you are discharged. 

References:

AAOS Patient Education

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00510

Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.  The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.