While you’re in the hospital
Your operation is finally over and your new artificial knee or hip joint is finally in place. There are two stages of recovery from joint replacement surgery:
Recovering from the operation itself
This usually takes a day or two, as long as there are no complications or other health problems. During this time, your Care Team will watch you closely. This includes making sure your blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen levels and temperature stay normal, and that you are able to eat, drink and use the bathroom. They will also make sure your pain is being controlled and take steps to prevent certain complications.
Starting to use your new joint properly
This means learning how you should – and shouldn’t – move, even while you’re still in bed. Your therapists will explain the “do’s and don’ts” which are known as “precautions” Here’s what you should know about how to protect your new joint: