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Other Considerations

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  • Put Your Trust in Excellence

    Put Your Trust in Excellence

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    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
GETTING IN AND OUT OF SHOWERS AND TUBS
Following total hip replacement, precautions must be observed in all daily activities, including bathing. Stall showers are preferred over tubs. Do not sit in a tub until instructed by your orthopaedic surgeon. We recommend you install a grab bar in your shower for safety. The therapist will instruct you on the proper way to transfer in and out of a shower. If necessary, we can instruct you on how to obtain a transfer bench or chair for the shower to assist you at home.

DIET
Being adequately nourished is an important component of overall health and promotes your recovery. After surgery, it is important to eat nutritious meals with adequate calories and protein to enable your body to replenish proteins depleted during surgery and to reduce the risk of complications such as infection or poor wound healing. Although obesity accelerates the rate of damage to your joints, the time to diet is not during your surgery and healing phase. If you have any concerns regarding your diet, please discuss this with your nurse or physician and a referral can be made to our dietician during your inpatient stay.

During your hospitalization, your physician is responsible for ordering the appropriate diet for you. Most patients will be placed on ice chips and then a liquid diet after surgery. Your appetite may be poor and the effect of anesthesia on intestinal function can last a few days. When appropriate, you will resume your usual home diet as tolerated. We encourage you to eat only when hungry to prevent nausea. Not having a bowel movement for 4 to 5 days following surgery is normal.

BREATHING EXERCISES
After surgery, regular deep breathing, to rid your air passages of mucus, is vitally important. To ensure that you breathe deeply, a respiratory therapist will provide you with an incentive spirometer, along with instructions on its use. You should use your spirometer every hour while awake.

LEG SWELLING
Following total hip replacement, most patients develop swelling in the operated leg. Although the amount of swelling will vary with each patient, the swelling itself is normal, and will usually resolve gradually over several weeks.

For the first month after your operation, sitting, which tends to worsen the swelling, should be limited to 30 to 45 minutes. Periods of walking should be alternated with periods of elevating the swollen leg. When elevating the leg, do not put a pillow under the operative leg.

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