You will normally be in the hospital for three to seven days after the surgery. In this time you will be working with the physical and occupational therapist to learn techniques to get out of bed safely, walk, and perform other activities of daily living. You will also learn certain positions to avoid.
Your family will be able to visit with you in your room at scheduled times.
The first few days can be uncomfortable but the appropriate pain medicines will be provided to keep you as comfortable as possible. Often a machine is used that allows you to deliver your own pain medicine through your IV. If drains were placed into your joint, they are removed on the first or second day after the surgery. This is usually not too painful. If you have a catheter in your bladder it is also removed at this time.
Your doctor and physical therapist will decide when you are ready to return home. Occasionally, it is necessary to continue physical therapy at a rehabilitation facility, before going home.