On the first day after surgery

In the first few days after surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon, nurses and physiotherapists will monitor your condition and progress closely. You’ll spend a lot of time exercising your new joint and continuing deep breathing exercises to prevent lung congestion (which can occur as a result of lying in bed over several days). Your pain medication will be reduced gradually, your intravenous (IV) drip removed, you’ll return to a diet of solids – and you’ll become increasingly mobile.

Rehabilitation during your hospital stay

Rehabilitation during your hospital stay

On the day of surgery

It may come as a surprise to you that after total joint replacement surgery you’ll be encouraged tobegin physiotherapy almost straight away. When you have woken, your physiotherapist will help you move from your hospital bed to a comfortable chair.

You’ll be encouraged to get up and start moving around as soon as possible, even on the same day, depending on your surgeon and how quickly you are recovering.

Most patients who undergo total hip or knee replacement begin standing and walking with the help of a walking support and a physiotherapist by the next day.

For more information on how to recover and regain mobility, settling in at home and what to expect for your recovery, go here.

Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options