Having a medical procedure such as a hip or knee operation is a physically gruelling 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 matters that apply to all kinds of joint 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 to 14 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 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 most people are well enough to sit up or walk, and are well enough to go home after 5 to 7 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.
I had a total knee replacement with Valgus Deformity 7 weeks ago, and this gave the surgeon extra work to do, I only have good things to say about this surgery and after care with all staff involved at Chase Farm Hospital, as in my experience I have heard a lot of good and bad things about this type of surgery, Well I can only say that if anyone has concerns about this please try not to worry it is worth while as it has given me a new lease of life to what I had before, and yes the first 2 weeks are the worse, but please do try your exercises, because as they say you only get the real benefit if you are prepared to do your bit. Thanks very much for my new lease of life yet again.
I was very fortunate to be referred to Mr Saksena as an NHS patient and was very impressed with the treatment and care provided by Mr Saksena and the whole team at Cavell Hospital. Once discharged, someone was always available to talk to you and an appointment was made immediately if you needed to see a nurse (which I did several times, due to a normal discharge from my wound). The entire staff were all friendly, cheerful and efficient. The scar is very neat and after 7 weeks I am walking well and just using a stick outdoors.