NHI strives to provide patients with a patient-friendly, service-oriented environment for their surgical procedures. This center has pioneered many aspects of hip arthroscopy techniques and joint preserving procedures. We work toward changing other areas of hip surgery such as anterior total hip replacement and surgical dislocation.
When one of our surgeons recommends an orthopedic surgical treatment, you will be given a distinct set of written guidelines to be followed pre-operatively, post-operatively and during the rehabilitation phase after surgery.
Again, you will be given your own instructions to be followed, but generally,
- Do not eat or drink anything after 11pm the night before your surgical procedure.
- On the day of surgery, wear comfortable clothes that you could get over a bulky dressing and bring sturdy shoes.
- Have someone available to drive you home. You will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours following surgery or when you are discharged from the hospital, probably longer if it is your right hip having surgery!
- Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home. The combination of anesthesia, food and car motion may cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
- Take your pain medicine as directed by your surgeon.
Physical Therapy After Surgery
There is a post-op rehabilitation protocol for each type of surgery. It depends on the surgery as to when you will start PT, how often you will go and for how long. There is always a home exercise program to be done. Getting a full range of motion, strength and flexibility back after surgery takes time. You should have a PT plan upon discharge. If you have any questions about your rehab, please call the office at 615-284-5800.