Preparation for your surgery and for your discharge from hospital

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If you are scheduled for an orthopedic surgery, there are some steps you must take in preparation for your surgery, and for your care following surgery.

Prior to hip or knee surgery, you will be expected to attend a pre-operative class. This class will increase your knowledge about your surgery.

The pre-operative class is an important part of your surgical plan for success. It is strongly recommended that you and your family plan to attend the class.

Click on the links below for patient guides to help you prepare for hip or knee replacement surgery.

Patient and Coach Information: Total Hip Replacement

Patient and Coach Information: Total Knee Replacement 

If you have questions and/or are interested in attending the pre-operative class, call the Surgical Assessment Centre at 766-0409.

You must also plan ahead of time for your discharge from hospital following surgery. You may need to install special equipment in your home such as bathtub rails or a raised toilet seat. You may need help getting groceries and your medications.

A list of supplies that you may need and where to purchase them will be supplied.

Expect to have some pain after surgery. While in hospital, pain medication is ordered by the physician and available from the nursing staff. Don't hesitate to ask your nurse. Post-operative care in hospital will strive to enhance your mobility and independence.

Physiotherapy is important for your recovery. All attempts will be made for you to go to physiotherapy twice each day.

Follow-up appointments will be required for staple removal, and bandage changes, possible blood tests and to see your physician.

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