The Day of Your Joint Replacement
Your surgery day may be long for both the patient and family member, so we recommend getting as much sleep as possible the night before. Your surgeon will ask you to arrive at the hospital in advance of your surgery time. It is important that you arrive at this time to ensure that additional tests or assessments can be completed before your surgery time.
Arriving at Reston Hospital Center
Please enter the hospital through the Pavilion entrance, where you and your family member can take advantage of our free valet parking. At registration you can request a wheelchair if you are having a difficult time with walking. You will go to Pre-Operative department, where you will be prepped for surgery. While you are in surgery, your friends and family can wait in the surgical waiting area, where they will be kept up to date on your status.
Your Care Team
Your care team is made up of many different health professionals, some who you will see every day and others who work behind the scenes. Each health care professional takes a personal interest in your care plan, working with you to make your joint replacement as successful as possible.
In Pre-Op, your surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse and other members of your care team will visit you and introduce themselves. Any additional assessments, lab or blood work will be done at this time. Your joint area will be washed, shaved and prepared. You will also receive pre-operative antibiotics.
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
After surgery, you will be in PACU. The nurses in PACU are specially trained to care for patients who are recovering from anesthesia. Your vitals will be monitored and once stabilized, you will be transferred to the fourth floor Total Joint Center.
On the Total Joint Unit
Your recovery and rehabilitation will start on our fourth floor surgical unit. You will be in a private room, and will see your surgeon, hospitalist, nurses, and physical therapists throughout your stay. Our dedicated physical will be working closely with you providing education and exercises in order for you to return to an active lifestyle. To learn more about physical therapy follow the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation link at the top of the page. Case managers are also available to assist you and your family in preparing for discharge.
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