Prehabilitation + Rehabilitation – St. Anthonys

Prehabilitation + Rehabilitation

For Knee and Hip Surgeries.

Prehabilitation

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Rehabilitation

For Knee and Hip Surgeries.

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KNEE SURGERY

PREHAB

Food and Medications:

You may be directed to cease from taking your medications before surgery, as well as to not eat anything after midnight the day you are to be operated on. The patient will be given an intravenous antibiotic to help with potential infection following the surgery. You may also receive a nerve block around the knee to help numb the knee before operating.

Prepare for Recovery:

The patient will be using crutches or a walker after the surgery to move around, so the space they are staying in should accommodate the situation. Arrange a ride home from the hospital. Find someone to help you with typical daily tasks like cooking, taking a bath, maintaining housework. One may want to consider certain accommodations for recovery like:

  • Creating a living space on one floor since walking up and down stairs can be troublesome
  • Installing safety bars or handrails throughout the home (stairway, bathroom, etc)
  • Buy a toilet-seat riser if your toilet is low to the ground
  • Buy a shower chair for bathing or getting rid of loose rugs or cords in common walking

Decide the anesthesia method:

Whether you prefer general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia is a conversation you and your doctor should have before the day of your surgery

REHAB

The patient will be put in a recovery room for one to two hours post-surgery, and afterward will be moved to a hospital room to stay and rest for a couple of days (time span dependent on doctor’s opinion). They will also be prescribed medication to help aid and manage the pain. The patient will be asked to move their foot and ankle frequently to promote blood flow and prevent swelling and blood clots in the affected area. Blood thinners will very likely be provided to aid the patient, as well as a support hose or compression boots to further avoid swelling and clotting. Breathing exercises and progressive activity levels will also be encouraged to help recovery. The day after surgery, the patient will be shown the best ways to exercise the knee and the physical therapist will also discuss continuing physical therapy at the patient’s home or at a place of work 3-6 weeks post-operation, most patients should be able to resume normal activity. Driving is generally allowed around 3 weeks unless otherwise instructed by the doctor. After recovery, the patient is free to partake in low-impact activities like walking, swimming, golfing, or biking, but should consult with their doctor about specific limitations.

HIP SURGERY

PREHAB

Before surgery, your doctor will ask you about your medical history and any medications you are taking. They will do a brief general physical examination to ensure you are able to have the surgery. They will also examine the hip, observing the range of motion as well as the strength of the surrounding muscles. Lastly, they will order blood tests, an X-ray, and potentially an MRI to give them a better idea of the situation. Be sure to ask if there are any medications you should be alerted of before surgery. Be sure to decide whether you prefer general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia ask your doctor before the day of your surgery. Have someone prepare you a couple of meals for you after surgery. Place common everyday items at waist level to avoid bending down or reaching upward. Easier access will keep less stress off of the hip. One may want to consider certain accommodations for recovery like:

  • Creating a living space on one floor since walking up and down stairs can be troublesome
  • Installing safety bars or handrails throughout the home (stairway, bathroom, etc.)
  • Buy a toilet-seat riser if your toilet is low to the ground
  • Buy a shower chair for bathing
  • Getting rid of loose rugs or cords in common walking areas

REHAB

The patient will be put in a recovery room for one to two hours post-surgery, and afterward will be moved to a hospital room to stay for a couple of days of rest (time span dependent on doctor’s opinion).  They will also be prescribed medication to help aid and manage the pain. The patient will be asked to sit up and even try walking with either crutches or a walker not long after surgery, most like the same day. This is to prevent blood clots which are at a greater risk after a hip surgery. Wear compression stockings or inflatable air sleeves on lower legs to prevent blood from clotting. The patient may be prescribed a blood thinner to further prevent blood clots. This prescription is dependent on how soon the patient starts walking, how active the patient is, and the overall risk of blood clotting. Physical therapy will help aid recovery. At home, exercises will be provided after surgery for the patient to the practice, additional therapy may be advised as well. At 6-12 weeks post-surgery, a follow-up appointment will ensure that the patient’s hip is healing correctly. If healing is satisfactory to the doctor, then most people will be allowed to continue with normal activities. Further recovery to strengthen the hip, even more, could occur 6-12 months more.

We look forward to talking with you.

About Us

Since 1875, the health care needs of the sick and poor have been met by the Sisters, Medical Staff, colleagues, and volunteers of St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. The hospital serves the Effingham community and the south-central region of Illinois.

St. Anthony’s approach to health care combines the compassion and human touch of more than a century of caring with the most modern technologies available today.

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HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

217-347-1294

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HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
503 North Maple Street
Effingham, Illinois 62401