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Your Surgery and Post-operative Care

The joint replacement team make every effort to make your surgery and post-operative stay as comfortable and smooth as possible. We understand that it can be a stressful and difficult time for many of you. Please feel free to talk to our Surgeons or Clinical Services Manager for any and all enquiries relating to your surgery. We would be glad to assist in any way we can.

Before your Surgery

  • Prof Krishnan or Dr Reddy will discuss with you the benefits, risks, complications and expectations of the surgical procedure during the initial consultation.
  • For your surgery we will provide you a patient information sheet.
  • Anaesthetist consultation.
  • Physician consultation.
  • Physiotherapy consultation.
  • Contact by Clinical Services Manager.
  • Initial assessment by Home Support Services.

On the day of surgery

  • Transport to Hospital by Home Support Services if required.
  • Please do not eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to your surgery. Clear fluids (No milk, fruit juices) can be consumed up to 4 hours prior to the surgery.
  • Unless advised otherwise, please take your medication for hypertension on the morning of surgery with half a cup of water.
  • You may need to cease anti-coagulants like Plavix, warfarin, apixaban, etc. 3-7 days prior to surgery, based on the drug being taken. The surgeons and/or the anaesthetist will advise you regarding the same during the consultation.
  • Please arrive at the hospital 45-60 minutes prior to your surgery, unless advised otherwise.
  • Please let the staff know if you have fever, cough, cold, recent skin tears/injuries, urine infection, etc. Anaesthesia or surgery may not be safe for an elective surgical procedure under some of these conditions.
  • Please remember to bring your imaging films and reports including X-rays, CT or MRI scans to the hospital.

Day after surgery

  • Prof Krishnan and / or Dr Sunil Reddy will see you the day after surgery.
  • Overnight stay in a Critical care unit may be required in high-anaesthetic risk individuals or patients with specific medical problems.
  • The surgeons and / or the Physiotherapist will help you get up and about and advise you the exercises to be performed.
  • The duration of stay depends on the surgical procedure performed and can be between 2 to 4 days on an average. The discharge is not days-based but criterion-based and depends on your recovery, pre-operative health and function.

Day of discharge

  • Transport to home by Home Support Services if required.
  • Mobility aids, shower chair and toilet seat raiser provided for the first week of transitional home care including delivery and collection.

First week following discharge

  • Home Support Services (as required).
  • Assistance with personal care (as required).
  • Ongoing physiotherapy after discharge will be organised.

Other Information

This website, Prof Jeganeth Krishnan’s website, and Dr Sunil Reddy’s website are excellent sources of information about your surgery, postoperative recovery and physiotherapy protocols. Please have a read and / or view the patient-information videos relevant to your condition.