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Recovery in the Inpatient Center

  • About the Center for Joint SurgeryAbout the Center for Joint SurgeryMore>>

  • Your Orthopaedic Surgical Team

    Your Orthopaedic Surgical Team

    All Center physicians are board eligible or certified in orthopaedics and have perfected joint replacement procedures. Meet Dr. Eric Bontempo, Dr. Thomas Beck and Dr. Philip Spinuzza. More
    All Center physicians are board eligible or certified in orthopaedics and have perfected joint replacement procedures. Meet Dr. Eric Bontempo, Dr. Thomas Beck and Dr. Philip Spinuzza. More
  • AGH Celebrates One Year of Specialized Joint Surgery

    AGH Celebrates One Year of Specialized Joint Surgery

    Atlantic General's Center for Joint Surgery is a specialized in-patient unit dedicated to caring for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, fracture repair surgery and other orthopaedic procedures.More
    In November 2004, Atlantic General Hospital celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Center for Joint Surgery. Atlantic General's Center for Joint Surgery is a specialized in-patient unit dedicated to caring for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, fracture repair surgery and other orthopaedic procedures.More
  • Put Your Trust in Excellence

    Put Your Trust in Excellence

    Our program is designed to prepare patients for surgery and support them throughout the entire recovery process. The procedures available at Atlantic General Hospital meet the highest standards.More
    Our program is designed to prepare patients for surgery and support them throughout the entire recovery process. Orthopaedic Surgical Procedures available at Atlantic General Hospital include: total hip replacement, total knee replacement, total shoulder replacement, revision of total knee replacements, fracture repair, reconstructive knee surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, and so much more. More

After surgery, an IV line will remain in your arm for at least 48 hours. The IV line delivers fluids, antibiotics, and other medications, and can also transfuse blood, if necessary. Your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate and temperature) will be monitored frequently for the first few hours after surgery.

At the bandaged surgical site, a thin tube may be inserted into the site and attached to a drain that prevents blood from accumulating under the muscles and bones of the hip. The tube and drain are removed the day after surgery (Post-Op day I), and the bandage is removed on the second post-op day.

To prevent and reduce the incidence of blood clot formation, compression stockings will be attached to your legs/feet. These stockings, called sequentials, are used to squeeze the leg/foot muscles intermittently, thus maintaining blood flow in the veins. These stockings are to be worn whenever you are in bed or sitting in the chair.

After surgery, a pillow will be placed between your legs to help maintain your hip in the proper position. The staff will help position you in bed and help you turn until you are able to turn on your own.

Because anesthesia may temporarily inhibit urination after surgery, a catheter may be inserted into the bladder to remove urine. This catheter is usually removed one or two days after surgery.

In collaboration with you and your family, the center staff will plan, provide and monitor your care.

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