Dr. Noble will provide specific written post-surgical instructions during your pre-operative office visit. In addition, please follow these general guidelines during your recovery:
- Follow the specific restriction of activity, as advised. Remember that it is easier to prevent developing pain rather than managing it once it has already developed. Rest for a few days after the surgery and keep the operated extremity elevated several times a day for the first 2 weeks.
- Do not drink alcohol, drive a vehicle, operate any machinery or sign a legal document for the first 24 hours after the surgery as the effects of the sedative and/or the anesthesia administered during the surgery may last for the first 24 hours of the surgery.
- Follow Dr. Noble’s pain protocol. If required, take the Oxycodone for severe breakthru pain. Pain relieving medication should be taken with food.
- Use the PolarCare, Gel pads or ice packs to control swelling. Do NOT apply the Polar Pad, Gel pads, or Ice packs directly on the skin. Use a thin barrier such as a pillowcase between the pad and your skin.
- Hip replacement patients are encouraged to wear compression or spandex work-out shorts for the first 2 weeks to reduce swelling
- Keep the dressing clean and dry to promote wound healing. A home nurse should change the dressing on the date that was written on the bandage (usually 7 to 10 days after surgery).
- You may shower when you return home by covering the dressing with food cling wrap to keep the dressing dry.
- Try to begin physical therapy a day or two after the surgery. Exercises in the first week are usually aimed at regaining joint motion. Strengthening exercises are initiated later. Regular exercises are critical for a successful outcome.
- Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated drinks.
- Schedule your follow-up appointment with Dr. Noble 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
Please consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Increased drainage from the incision
- Increased redness around the operated area
- Increased swelling that does not decrease with ice and elevation
- Foul odor
- Fever greater than 101°F
- Sudden calf pain or shortness of breath
- Chest pain