Surgery and Your Hospital Stay
Be sure not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. The day of your surgery, take any required medications as instructed by your nurse and shower using your special chlorhexadine soap. It is important that you arrive at the hospital with plenty of time to check-in and prepare for surgery. In most cases, plan to arrive at least one-and-one-half to two hours prior to your scheduled surgery start time.
Once you arrive at the hospital and check-in, you will be escorted to a pre-surgery preparation area. Here, you’ll complete all the necessary preparation in anticipation of your joint replacement, your vitals will be checked, and a nurse will start your IV. The orthopedic surgeon and the anesthesia provider assigned to your care will also visit you prior to surgery.
Inside the operating room, you will be cared for by a team of physicians, nurses and skilled technicians. The total time required for your surgery will depend on the complexity of your procedure. Generally, most joint replacement surgeries last between one-and-one-half to two hours, not including the preparation and recovery times.
You can expect to receive antibiotics for about a day after surgery, as well as medications for pain and perhaps medications called anticoagulants to prevent blood clots. Your care team will monitor you closely and help you with any pain or discomfort you are experiencing after surgery.
The average hospital stay for joint replacement is about three or four days after having a hip or knee replacement. You will remain in the hospital until you are able to walk longer distances and are making consistent progress:
• Get in and out of bed
• Get up and down from the chair and toilet
• Get in and out of the shower by yourself
• Walk with assistance for 200 feet
• Use the stairs if you have them at home
• Get dressed
• Get in and out of your car
• Perform your knee exercise program on your own
Computer-assisted surgery is a giant step forward in joint replacement and Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics is committed to providing the east Texas community with the latest technology advances. The Stryker Navigation System, exclusively available at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, is an advanced surgical technology that helps the orthopedic surgeon more precisely align knee and hip implants in total joint replacement surgeries. The Stryker Navigation System utilizes tracking devices that collect and send information to the surgeon to provide a comprehensive understanding of the joint mechanics before finalizing the joint procedure. With this information, the surgeon can make adjustments within a fraction of a degree, facilitating more exact placement of the implant. This helps to ensure optimal strength, stability, and range of movement in the new joint.