Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- Before your arrival at Coxa
- How will my pain be managed before the surgery?
Pain medication and cold compresses will ease your pain. To help with daily activities and movement, you should get the aids that you need; crutches, lifting cushions, grippers, etc. You can borrow aids from your municipal health centre.
- What exercise would be good for me?
Performing all sorts of daily chores encourages circulation and maintains muscle strength. Functional exercise like gardening, lawn mowing, snow shovelling, berry picking and mushroom hunting are excellent forms of exercise. For patients suffering from osteoarthritis, walking, swimming and cycling are good forms of exercise.
- What type of artificial joint will I receive?
Your prosthesis is selected individually. Before the operation, you will meet with a physician to plan the surgery and discuss your options.
- After surgery
- How will I care for my surgery wound at home?
Your wound will not need special care. You should refrain from touching the wound needlessly. You can wash as usual. You will need to keep the wound protected for five days after your surgery. If the wound still bleeds after five days, keep the wound protected until the bleeding stops. Always change the dressing with clean hands. You can bathe in a sauna the day after the staples have been removed. After showering, dry the wound by patting it down lightly with a clean towel.
If you experience increasing pain, swelling, redness or burning in or around the wound, or the wound bleeds at an increasing rate or seeps pus, please contact COXA’S INPATIENT WARD by calling +358 3 3117 8040.
- Should I worry if my haemoglobin concentration is low?
A reduced concentration of haemoglobin is normal after joint replacement surgery, and your count will slowly recover with a balanced diet. You may experience dizziness and drowsiness while your haemoglobin is low. If you wish, you can take a suitable iron supplement.
- At home, I have noticed my thigh bruising; what should I do?
Thrombolytic medication may cause bruising behind the knee and on the thigh and foot, and some bruises may be large. These bruises can be painful, but they will heal in time.
- Does the artificial joint surgery affect my sex life?
You can have a normal sex life after surgery. You should protect the wound from chafing until it has healed. After hip surgery, you must also bear in mind any restrictions in your range of motion.
- When can I get back to work?
You will discuss your return to work with the surgeon before the surgery. The unit will provide you with medical leave certificates as you are discharged from the hospital. Joint replacement surgery does not prevent you from returning to work. Typically, medical leave lasts two to three months, depending on the nature of your work. After three months, medical leave extensions will be decided by your occupational healthcare provider or your assigned health centre physician.
- Can I use my mobile devices while staying at Coxa?
You are mostly free to use your mobile devices at the outpatient clinic and in the inpatient ward. The safety distance to medical equipment is the length of an arm, which also applies to charging a mobile device. Coxa has a wireless guest network, Tays_Wifi, available for you and your loved ones. You can use the network after accepting its terms of service; the terms of service will be displayed when you first try to access a website.
- Why do my legs feel like they are different lengths?
Pre-operative planning is done to try and equalise the length of your limbs. The length of the limb with the new joint may change due to structural reinforcement. The final difference in length will be assessed in the post-operative check-up. As a rule, differences under one centimetre do not require further action. The length of the limb cannot be adjusted much in knee replacement surgery.
- Why have I lost feeling in the operated area?
Feeling will return gradually to the operated area, but small, permanently numb areas may remain around the scar.
- What can I do to improve my digestion?
The use of pain medication may cause constipation. Active exercise, a fibre-rich diet and sufficient water intake will promote digestion. If necessary, you can get laxatives from your local pharmacy.
- I am experiencing nausea after surgery – why?
Nausea may be caused by your pain medication. Indigestion may also cause nausea. To feel better, please take care of your digestion and reduce pain medication as your condition allows. If necessary, you can also take nausea-reducing medication.
- Can I apply lotion to the wound?
You can apply base creams to the skin and scar in the operated area two days after the staples have been removed.
- Am I good to drive?
You can travel as a passenger normally. To drive, you must first regain sufficient control of your limb.
- How should I exercise?
During your recovery, you should walk, exercise your new joint and make a gradual return to your regular life. In addition to walking, you can immediately use an exercise bike at a low resistance setting. You can gradually increase the resistance setting. Aquarobics, water running and swimming are permitted once the wound has healed.
Other forms of good exercise include dancing, skiing, group exercise, gymnastics and gym training. You should discuss continuing physically demanding hobbies in the post-operative check-up. Impact stress, such as running and jumping, may shorten the service life of your artificial joint. Good muscle strength helps the artificial joint function well.
- How can I avoid a prosthetic infection?
Maintaining your health, preventing infections and diligent care will be important going forward. Infections may spread to your artificial joint through your bloodstream. You should get treatment for any prolonged skin conditions and take care of your oral and dental health after the joint replacement surgery.
If dental operations, outpatient endoscopy or other operations are planned for you, you should let your physician know about your artificial joint.