Post operative course
Pain management is a priority after Total Hip Arthroplasty. Several techniques are used during surgery and afterward on the ward to minimise post operative pain.
I encourage patients to stand and take their first steps on the day of surgery with the guidance and support of a physiotherapist. Mobilisation then begins on the first day after surgery and progresses until discharge by the physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams.
Patients are placed on anticoagulants(blood thinners) for 28 days post surgeryand are encouraged to wear their ThromboEmbolic Deterrent (TED) stockings for this period as well.
Driving and a gentle and gradual return to sporting activity are commenced at 4-6 weeks post surgery but this is discussed in the clinic.
I routinely review patients at 2 and 6 weeks post surgery and then as necessary.