Enhanced Recovery

Welcome to the Enhanced Recovery Programme for Hip and Knee Replacements

Following your operation

Picture of Theresa Maunganidze (Orthopaedic Specialist Nurse) reminding the patient of the Enhanced Recovery ProgrammeYou will be seen daily by a team consisting of the Ward Doctor, an Orthopaedic Doctor, a Specialist Nurse and the Ward Sister. Your operation will be explained to you and an opportunity will be given to ask questions.

Blood will be taken from you to check your blood levels and an x-ray will also be taken depending on how you are feeling.

You will meet your Physiotherapist who will do your assessment and commence your therapy

Your physiotherapist will introduce you to your first walking aid and assist you in using it until he feels you are safe to walk with it on your own.

Your walking will be progressed by the Physiotherapist but it is important that in your own time, you do your exercises regularly and take regular walks up and down the ward within your pain limits.

Post Discharge

Within 2- 3 days of your discharge, you will be called by a member of the enhanced recovery team who will find out how you are doing.


They will go through a series of questions with you, give you advice, re-assure you and arrange any necessary appointments needed.

Potential Complications

  • Bleeding/haematoma
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Pain and Stiffness
  • Leg-Length discrepancy (commonly in hip replacements)
  • Dislocation (commonly in hip replacements)
  • Neurovascular Damage
  • Scarring
  • Wear and/or loosening of components
  • Fractures of related bones
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