will my hospital stay be like?
The first night of your stay, you will more
than likely be somewhat "groggy" from the
medications you receive in surgery. You will be taken to your
hospital room directly from the recovery room in your
hospital bed to avoid transferring you from stretcher to bed.
Once you are fully awake, you will be able to eat and drink
as tolerated. Your vital signs, urinary output, and any
drainage will be monitored closely by the nurses on the
orthopaedic surgery floor. Pain medicine for the first 24
hours may be administered by intravenous method (the PCA
pump-) and you will be shown how to use this device to assist
in controlling your pain level.
Starting on day one post-operatively, you will be
getting out of bed and attending physical and occupational
therapy sessions. These sessions are vital to your progress
and are arranged for 2-3 sessions each day, each session
lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour. The physical therapists
attending you will teach you the exercises needed for your
optimal recuperation and instruct you on your weight bearing
technique using a walker or crutches. The occupational
therapist is trained to assist you in adapting your
activities of daily living to your post-operative
limitations. Activities such as bathing, dressing, using the
bathroom, transfers from bed to chair, ambulation, and stair
climbing will all be addressed during these sessions.
Instructions for traveling by car or in some cases car and
plane will also be discussed.