During Recovery

Here are some general tips which may help you recover more quickly and easily after your joint replacement surgery:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. This will keep your body hydrated and may also prevent or ease constipation, a known side effect of certain medications.
  • Your appetite may be poor for awhile, but it will return. If you can't manage two or three large meals, eat small amounts of nourishing food several times a day or whenever you feel hungry.
  • If you have trouble sleeping at night, avoid day-time napping. Keep to a regular bed-time.
  • It's not unusual to feel that your energy is low for several weeks after joint replacement surgery. Set realistic goals. Don't plan to accomplish lots of projects. Instead, save your energy to get through the tasks of daily living and rehabilitation.
  • If you need help, ask for it.

Here's some information and advice that may be especially useful now:

Caring for your incision
Caring for your incision

What to do and what to look for to make sure you’re healing well.

How to reduce swelling
How to reduce swelling

Swelling (“edema”) is common after a hip or knee replacement surgery. Control swelling with these tips.

How to protect your new joint
How to protect your new joint

Things you can and cannot do with your new joint post-surgery.

Know how to recognize complications
Know how to recognize complications

Signs you may have complications, and what to do if you see them.

Seeing your surgeon again
Seeing your surgeon again

Check in with your doctor post-operation.