The Joint Studio has a dedicated Dressing Clinic on Friday mornings with our Registrar for wound review and staple removal. The dressing covering your surgical wound should not be removed until this clinic, or 10 to 14 days after your operation. An exception is made if moderate wound ooze soils the dressing, requiring it to be changed. If the ooze persists beyond 5 days from surgery despite rest and elevation, then please contact 9386 3933 during office hours to arrange an urgent review of the wound. We would also like you to contact us if the operated site becomes red, hot, swollen and tender as this may indicate the presence of an infection.
review and staple removal.
The Recovery Period
Rehabilitation at home
It is important to continue your rehabilitation after you leave hospital. Keep up with your home exercise program and make an appointment to continue your program with a local Physiotherapist or one from our network of skilled Physiotherapists. The hospital Physiotherapist will provide a letter for your next Physiotherapist outlining your rehabilitation progress, any restrictions and aims. Hydrotherapy must NOT be commenced until you receive medical clearance at your 2-week wound review.
When can I drive?
Joint replacement patients should observe the following guidelines when considering a return to driving: “The Arthroplasty Society acknowledges that driving is an important part of people’s lives and day-to-day activities. A patient should not return to driving after a hip or knee replacement until they can safely perform an EMERGENCY STOP and they no longer require regular narcotic analgesia. The ability to perform an emergency stop varies between patients, but in most cases occurs between 4 and 6 weeks following a right leg hip or knee replacement.”
For other surgery types, follow the same rationale. Contact your insurance company to see if they mandate a restriction period, consider your own capacity to control the steering wheel and brakes in the case of an emergency and seek medical approval before driving.
Long distance travel
Additional prescriptions for pain medications can be obtained either at the 2 week dressing clinic or from your
A follow-up appointment with your treating surgeon will be scheduled for 6 weeks after the operation.
For any other questions, please contact The Joint Studio on (08) 9386 3933