Your preoperative assessment at The Park Hospital in Nottingham
If your Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Park Hospital advises having hip replacement surgery, you will need to attend a preoperative assessment before your operation. This is a general health check that can be performed by one of our specialist Nurses.
Your Nurse will measure your weight, pulse, height and blood pressure. A peak flow test might be carried out, where your Nurse will ask you to blow into a small device called a peak flow meter, to check the function of your lungs. Your Nurse could also carry a blood test and electrocardiogram (ECG) to examine your heart’s activity.
At all your appointments, including your initial consultation and preoperative assessment at The Park Hospital in Nottingham, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns you have. It is important that you inform your Consultant about any medication that you are taking. You might be asked to bring this medication to your appointments.
Preparing for hip surgery at The Park Hospital: things to remember
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will ask you to prepare for your hip replacement operation by keeping active beforehand, as this can strengthen your hip muscles and support your recovery after surgery. Your Surgeon might work with a Physiotherapist to provide you with hip exercises to follow ahead of your surgery.
In addition to keeping active, there are many ways you can prepare for your operation, including:
- Arranging support: You might need some assistance around your home while recovering from surgery. Your Consultant will speak to you about having a family member or friend at home to support you during this period
- Arranging transport: It can take around six weeks to return to driving following your surgery. You should avoid driving to our hospital for surgery, as you will not be able to drive yourself home. Instead, you can ask a family member, or friend, to drive you to your appointment at The Park Hospital in Nottingham
- Avoid wearing any nail varnish or jewellery: You should avoid wearing false nails, nail varnish or jewellery to hospital, as these will all need be removed before your operation
Your Consultant or Nurse will inform you when to stop eating or drinking before your operation. If your surgery is in the morning, you could be advised to avoid eating anything after midnight and drink only clear fluids. If you are having afternoon surgery, you could be asked to consume a light breakfast before 7am and drink only clear liquids from then on.