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During and After Surgery

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SURGERY
You and your family, or the person accompanying you, should come to the main entrance of the hospital. When you arrive, the admitting staff will process your admission. A nurse, ensuring your readiness for surgery, will arrange to transport you to the pre-operative surgical area and will direct your family to the surgical waiting room.

The anesthesiologist will see you before surgery to discuss the appropriate anesthesia. Your surgeon will also obtain a signed consent for the procedure, if not already completed.

Though the actual hip replacement procedure usually takes approximately one to two hours, the actual elapsed time, from operating room to your in-patient room could be three to four hours or more.

AFTER SURGERY
In the recovery room, you will be a bit groggy when you wake up. You may be given oxygen, your heart will be monitored and an IV (intravenous line) will be attached to one of your arms. A nurse will monitor your vital signs frequently. You will have a dressing over the surgical site. A urinary catheter will be in place and will be removed in 1-2 days when you are able to walk to the bathroom. Pain management will begin at this time.

To maintain patient privacy, as well as to reduce the risk of infection, recovery room visits are not permitted. The physician will discuss the outcome of the surgery with you and give your family updates at this time.

When the anesthesiologist and recovery room nursing staff determine that you are ready, you will be transported to your inpatient room. We understand your need to stay informed and will make every effort to keep you and your family up to date.

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