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The night before surgery, you should not have anything to eat or drink
after midnight. Ask your doctor any other questions you may have about
medications or specific preparation for surgery. On the day of your
surgery, please arrive on time as stated by the Pre-Admissions Testing
In the days following surgery, your condition and progress will be closely
monitored by your orthopaedic surgeon, nurses and physical therapists.
Usually, a case manager is assigned to work with you as you move through
your rehabilitation routines.
The length of your hospital stay will largely depend on your condition and
the type of surgery that was performed. Many orthoapedic procedures are
done on an outpatient basis and do not require a hospital stay.
You should plan to go home with a family member or friend. You will be sent
home with detailed instructions regarding any medications, limits on
physical activity, and a plan, if needed, for when and where you can
receive physical therapy services.
Should your surgery require you to stay in the hospital for any length of
time, your discharge from the hospital will depend, to some extent, on when
you "graduate" from physical therapy. When you're ready for discharge, the
decision will be made concerning whether you can best continue to recover
at home (the usual procedure) or in a facility where you can receive
specialized rehabilitation help. If you do go to another facility, the goal
will be to return you to your home as quickly as possible.
For procedures that require a hospital stay, physical therapy usually
begins on the first day after surgery. You will be encouraged to get out of
bed and begin physical and occupational therapy, typically several brief
sessions a day.
Regardless of whether you are receiving inpatient or outpatient
rehabilitation services, you can expect your physical/occupational therapy
to use some combination of the following treatments:
Your physical therapist will give you a list of activities, exercises, and
"dos and don'ts" when you leave the hospital, and you may also have the
assistance of an occupational therapist or nurse to help with special needs
depending upon the nature of your condition.