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Know What to Expect Before and After Surgery

At Atrium Medical Center, we want you to be informed and confident about your medical procedure. Our orthopedics team works to help you and your family understand how to prepare for surgery, what occurs in the hospital and how your recovery begins. Here are some important things you should know:

Pre-Surgical Education Program for Patients

Receiving Total Knee and Total Hip Replacements - When you attend this class presented by members of the orthopedics team, you’ll learn about how to prepare for surgery, what to expect the day of your procedure, what happens after surgery, physical therapy before and after surgery, equipment to help your recovery, preparing your home for your return and options for care after you leave the hospital. Go here to register or for more information on class dates, time and location.

Pre-Admission Testing - Pre-admission testing is required before your surgery. Learn more about what to expect.

Pain Management - Pain relief is the main reason patients choose orthopedic surgery. Since pain is something patients fear most about surgery, we take pain management seriously, both during and after surgery. Depending on the procedure you have and your individual needs, pain management options include:

  • Spinal anesthesia: Reduces pain and blood loss.
  • Nerve blocks (fascia iliaca), including the On-Q Pain Buster: Provides pain control around the joint after surgery, reducing the need for narcotics.
  • Multi-dry modal control: Controls the pain from different pathways. May include the use of Tylenol, narcotics, Ultram and anti-inflammatory medications such as Toradol.
  • Rest, ice and elevation: Helps control pain and swelling after surgery. For knee surgery patients, your surgeon might also recommend a wedge-shaped, high-density foam pillow, called an LRU pillow, to comfortably elevate your knee.
  • Compression: Prevents the joint from stiffening during recovery and promotes flexibility in the new joint.

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