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Preparing to Go and What to Do at Home

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PREPARING TO GO HOME
As soon as you decide to have a total hip replacement, you must look ahead and plan for discharge and home recovery. Pre-planning enables you to concentrate on your main task, GETTING WELL. To help you with this task, the hospital's Case Management office is available to assist you.

You will be assigned a Case Manager who will address any concerns you may have about your discharge from the hospital. He or she will review the alternatives available to you based on your medical condition, home healthcare needs, geographic location, and financial situation.

There are three alternatives available when being discharged from the hospital. These choices include:

Home, with outpatient physical therapy. This is recommended for patients who have access to transportation and are more independent. Outpatient physical therapy is usually three times a week with additional exercises done at home. The therapy will continue until you have reached your goals that have been set for you, and can range from 2-8 weeks.

Home, with a home health agency. A nurse and physical therapist will come to your home three days per week to work with you on progressive transfer training, ambulating and exercises.

A sub-acute or acute rehabilitation facility. There are several in the area. You are there for rehabilitation and minor medical needs. It is ideal for patients who are deemed, by their physician and therapist, unsafe to go home at the time of discharge. Length of stay varies at these facilities based on each patient's response.

Please remember that the specific facilities and agencies used are usually recommended by your physician, but may also be dictated by your insurance carrier.

The case manager will discuss your discharge needs in consultation with your physician. Your involvement is essential in formulating a discharge plan that will suit your needs.

AT HOME
Take your pain medication as prescribed and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while taking these medications. Also, remember to take your pain medication before the pain becomes severe.

Avoid high-impact activities, such as jogging, running and jumping.

Make sure you inform your physician and dentist that you have had a total hip replacement.

Notify your physician if you experience any signs of infection:
- Redness, swelling, drainage or change of drainage from the wound site
- Temperature of 101 degrees or higher
- Sudden onset of shortness of breath
- Sudden onset of calf tenderness or pain

If you are overweight, once you are healed, it is important to try to reduce your weight. Extra weight places additional stress and pressure on your new joint.

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