"hip and knee school"

About: Medway Maritime Hospital

me and my partner attended hip and knee school yesterday at 1 oopm.i found it very helpful.but find it awkward to understand that at pre op assesment the nurse in chage said i would be in for at least 3 nights.then at hip and knee school they say they want you out on day 2 after surgery.i would like to think that your not on a converyer belt.where your in down to theatre then expected to be up and about and sent on your way.ive had trouble in the past where i dont cope to well with bad pain and left to suffer as staff just want the bed.so i hope this wont be the same this time on pembroke ward.iam also very scarred now about having my knee op.due to the fact that you know have to inject yourself with fragmin injections.iam scarred of needles.how am i going to do this.i couldnt slep last night for worrying.

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At hip and knee school people are encouraged to get up on the day of the operation if they are back from theatre early afternoon, or to get up first thing next day. They are encouraged to take the strong painkillers and mobilise with the physios and nursing staff as much as they need; after a knee replacement it is important to keep the knee moving. The majority of people (and there are exceptions) are able to go home on day two with the support of the SPET team, which includes a physiotherapist and a nurse. We apologise that information given was not clear enough. All patients are encouraged to give their own fragmin injections (after training) but if they are not able then the district nurse will visit. The benefits of doing it yourself are that there is no need to wait in for a district nurse every afternoon. Please be reassured that every patient is different and we will do our best to address your needs. Chris Martin Orthopaedic Matron Email: Christine.martin@medway.nhs.uk

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