The purpose of this visit is to ensure you are fit for surgery and have all the necessary information you need to prepare for surgery and therefore assist your recovery. This visit could take up to three hours and will involve assessment from nursing and medical staff. You will have your blood pressure, ECG, urine, blood test as well as an x-ray. You may be assessed by other members of the team, such as the occupational therapist.
Arthroplasty preparation session
Once you are placed on the waiting list for surgery you will be invited to attend a group preparation class which will last about an hour. During this time you will be provided with in depth information about your forthcoming hospital stay. Any questions or concerns can be answered at this stage. You will be given an patient notebook which is your to keep and read at your leisure. This will reinforce any information given about your care. During this session you will meet the ward physiotherapist and be provided with simple muscle strengthening exercises.
Your hospital stay
Most patients except in certain circumstances come into hospital the day of surgery.
You should contact the ward on the eve of your surgery to confirm bed availability, the ward staff should inform you that you should arrive on the ward between 7.30am-8am Please ask the ward staff what time you should have nothing to eat or drink from (usually midnight).
For patients having a hip replacement it is anticipated you will need to stay in hospital five to seven days. You will need to ensure that you have transport to bring you into hospital and also to take you home when discharged. It will help if possible to ensure you make any necessary arrangements regarding help at home on discharge.
On the day of surgery
- Have a bath or shower using anti bacterial soap
- Do not wear any make-up, deodorant, perfume, lotion, talc, nail varnish or jewellery, however a wedding ring is accepted.
- Do not bring any valuables or large amounts of cash, credit cards etc, as we cannot ensure their safety
- Do bring a 14 day supply of your regular prescribed medications with you but leave any ‘controlled drugs’ for example morphine at home.
- You will also need nightwear, toiletries, and a change of comfortable clothes and suitable footwear. (Patients wear normal outdoor clothing whilst in hospital and recovering from surgery).
On the ward
- When you arrive on the ward you will be asked to wait in the day room until one of the nurses can show you to your bed.
- You will be asked to change into a gown and the nurse will check that you are correctly prepared for your operation.