After Your Orthopaedic Procedure
Prevent injury after your orthopaedic procedure and recover faster. Your recovery steps will depend on your procedure, your overall health, and how much support you have at home. In addition to following your health care team’s advice, consider these ways to make your home safer:
Protect yourself in the bath or shower:
- Use non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone decals inside and outside the bath.
- Sit on a bath chair or bench when taking a shower.
- Install safety bars. One to help you get in and out of the tub. Another to help you stand from a sitting position. Bars should be horizontal, not diagonal.
- Be aware of any medicines that will make you sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded.
- Ask about exercises to make you stronger to increase your balance.
- Find out if your bed is low enough. You might need a hospital bed or a bed on the first floor so you do not need to climb stairs.
- Remove any loose objects or carpeting from the stairs.
- Ask your doctor about pets.
- Get help cleaning, cooking, laundry, or other household chores.
- Make a plan about what to do if you fall.
After surgery, it’s important to care for your incisions.
Change your wound dressings as directed by your health care team, and carefully monitor your wound. Learn more about wound care.
Call your doctor right away if any of the following occur:
- Increased pain, redness, or swelling
- An increase in the wound size
- Drainage increases, turns green or yellow, or smells bad
- A temperature above 100°F for more than four hours
If you need it, rely on our home health team for services including: continued medical care for your wounds, help around the house, and rehabilitation therapy. Learn more about Home Health Care.