My Orthopedic Health Care Team

My Orthopedic Health Care Team

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My Orthopedic Health Care Team

With the help of your health care team, you’ll start rehab right after surgery. The first step is to control pain and swelling. You’ll also begin to strengthen your new hip by doing exercises in bed. These team members will be involved in your care post-surgery:

  • An orthopedic surgeon performs your surgery. He or she also oversees your treatment, checks your progress, and provides follow-up care.

  • Nurses monitor your recovery and help keep you comfortable.

  • A physical therapist (PT) designs a movement program that includes walking and hip exercises.

  • An occupational therapist (OT) teaches you life skills such as dressing and bathing.

Follow-up care

After you leave the hospital, your surgeon will give you specific self-care instructions. It will be important to follow your discharge plan including knowing when your follow up appointments are scheduled.

After surgery, see your surgeon for follow-up visits as directed. These visits help your surgeon check that your hip is healing well. To check joint stability over time, you may need to have an X-ray every year or two.