After your joint replacement surgery

Immediately after surgery

After joint replacement surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery room where your blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate will be continuously monitored by our specialist team. They will also be able to give you pain relief if you need it once you come round from your operation.

Circulation exercises

Carrying out these exercises as soon as possible after your operation can help to prevent blood clots:

 The day after surgery

In most cases, you’ll be helped to walk either the same day or the day after your operation. You will be shown how to use your crutches/walking aid and the correct way to walk.

The walking sequence should be:

The aim is to help you regain independence with the crutches/walking aid as quickly as possible. However, everyone is different so don’t worry if your progress varies from that of other people.

Top tips for improving recovery in hospital:

Your step-by-step recovery
In the early days, you’ll need to take things easy and accept any help you are offered. Looking after yourself by eating a healthy diet and following your exercise programme will help you to gradually build up your strength so that you can get back to your everyday activities as soon as possible.

You may find that it helps to keep track of how you are feeling and record your goals so that you can mark each step of your recovery

Goals for Day 1

Going up and down stairs

Going up stairs can be done safely one step at a time by:

Going down stairs can be done safely one step at a time by:

Day 2 following joint replacement surgery

Today you’ll be encouraged to wash yourself and continue with becoming more mobile. Your Physio will encourage you to carry out your exercises and you will be shown how to:

If this hasn’t already been carried out, you will have an X-ray to check the joint. You may also be shown how to go up and down stairs.

Goals for Day 2

Day 3
Once you can wash and dress yourself, you’ll be encouraged to continue get up, walk around, and do your exercises.


Most patients are in hospital for three days.  However long your hospital stay, you will need to meet several goals before you are discharged home:

A pharmacist will visit you on the ward during your stay with us. They will check that all your usual medicines are prescribed for you and that all the correct medicines you need after your operation, including any painkillers, are prescribed as well. You will be told about the new medicines that are prescribed for you and they will be very happy to answer any queries you have.

Your physio will show you how to gradually increase your exercise programme.  It is probable that you will need to use your crutches for up to six weeks.

Getting in and out of a car

To get out of the car reverse this procedure.

Three months onwards

Above all, listen to your body and don’t overdo anything

Fortius Joint Replacement Centre
at Bupa Cromwell Hospital

164 -178 Cromwell Road


Appointments: +44 (0)203 693 2119

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