Total Hip / Knee Arthroplasty Discharge Instructions
- Do not get your incision wet in the bath/shower until the sutures/staples are removed, and it is healed (about 3 days following suture removal).
- Some surgeons use absorbable sutures that do not require removal. Check with your surgeon. Usually allow one week to heal and check that the incision is dry before bathing.
- Maintain a healthy body weight to reduce stress on your new joint.
- Use your walking aid (walker or crutches) as long as your surgeon instructs you to.
- Follow your surgeon's instructions as to how much weight bearing is allowed on your operated leg.
- Continue your exercises as taught to you by your Physiotherapist. Your commitment to your exercise program is an important factor in your recovery.
- Plan your activities carefully. Include rest periods. Do not overdo any activity.
- Remember - "Do's and Don'ts" as taught to you by your Health Care team.
Let your doctor/dentist know that you have an artificial joint before having any procedure or surgery. Antibiotics may be necessary prior to these procedures/surgery
to prevent infection.
Call your surgeon if you have:
- excessive pain
- excessive swelling or redness
- high fever
- incision drainage
- pain in calf of your leg
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- or any other symptom you don't understand