- Control pain
- Minimise swelling
- Reduce risk of infection of wound
Prior to leaving the hospital you will be given a list of instructions on how to care for your wound and exercises to perform until you see your Surgeon again. A sling will be applied to support and elevate the hand.
Both Joondalup Health Campus and St John of God Hospitals offer an Enhanced Recovery Programme for patients having Total Hip or Total Knee replacement surgery.
There is a great deal of evidence based research that supports enhanced recovery after surgery. This states the sooner you get out of bed, begin to walk and start eating and drinking the quicker the recovery.
With this new approach, recovery after surgery is more comfortable, easier and happens faster.
This new approach consists of:
These elements speed up recovery and reduce the possibility of complications. The Enhanced Recovery Program aims to make sure patients are involved in their own care. You play an active role in your recovery and work in partnership with all of the orthopaedic team to achieve this.
Booklets will be provided by the Hospital to inform and guide you through your total hip replacement surgery and recovery.