Pre and Post-Operative Care

Home > Pre and Post-Operative Care

Having a medical procedure such as a hip or knee operation is a physically demanding experience. This means it's important to take good care of yourself both before and after surgery, to help minimise the risks associated with your procedure, and to ensure that your recovery proceeds smoothly. Depending on the procedure you have, you'll receive some detailed instructions for before and after-care, but in general there are some aspects that apply to all surgery involving joints.

Before Your Surgery

Prior to your procedure, you'll have blood tests and other tests to ensure that you're fit and healthy for surgery. This might include a general medical checkup with your GP.

Depending on what kinds of medications you're taking, you might be asked to stop taking them one to two weeks before surgery. For instance, if you take blood thinners, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory medications, you'll be instructed to stop taking these 10 days beforehand. If you're a smoker, it's also important to stop smoking as early as possible before your surgery. This is because nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes slow down your body's ability to heal.

Finally, it's helpful to make sure there are people at home who'll be able to lend a hand with housework and other matters when you're recovering from your procedure.

After Surgery

After your procedure is complete you'll wake up in a recovery room, where monitors will be recording your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs. Once you're awake and stable you'll be able to go to a ward or private room.

The next day or sometimes the sameday most people are well enough to sit up or walk, and are well enough to go home after 2 to 3 days. You'll receive after-care instructions, including advice on walking and exercise. It's vital to follow these instructions exactly to ensure your recovery proceeds as it should.

Visiting Clinic & Hospitals

Highgate Private Hospital

17-19 View Road LONDON N64DJ

BMI The Kings Oak Hospital

Chase Farm North Side The Ridgeway Enfield LONDON EN2 8SD

BMI The Cavell Hospital

Cavell Drive Uplands Park Road Enfield LONDON EN2 7PR

Royal Free London Hospital (Barnet)

Wellhouse Lane, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 3DJ

Royal Free London Hospital (Chase Farm)

The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 8JL