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Recovery After Total Hip Replacement

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Presentation: Hip Replacement
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After the procedure you will be moved to a recovery room. In this room you will be with other post-operative patients and healthcare providers will be available to assist you with any problems or concerns. You will be kept here until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well, usually this is within 1-2 hours.
You will become aware of the bandage on your hip as you become more awake. You will have the special pillow between your legs to keep them apart. This is to keep your new hip in a safe position to prevent the joint from coming apart, which is called a dislocation. You may also notice that your drains will have collected blood in the plastic container outside your skin. You may be wearing tight stockings that help prevent blood clots. You may also become aware of the catheter in your bladder, if it is still in place.
It is common to feel pain and swelling in your hip. Pain medicine can be given to help relieve this.
It is also common to shiver after receiving general anesthesia. If this happens your healthcare providers can give you medication that will stop the shivering. Warm blankets are also available to comfort you.
Some patients experience nausea after their procedure, which can be related to the medications used. This should not last longer than 24 hours.
Remember that your healthcare provider wants you to recover without any problems. So be sure to report anything that does not feel normal or "right."

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