The day of the surgery

Undergoing surgery at Coxa

A nurse from the admissions ward comes to get the patient from the waiting room on the morning of their surgery. If patients live far away, they can come to the ward the night before or make arrangements to stay at the patient hotel.

The patient dons a hospital gown in the admissions ward and waits for surgery with the other patients due for surgery that day. A surgical nurse walks the patient to the operating room. In the surgical ward, the patient is positioned on the operating table for anaesthesia and surgery.

The most common form of anaesthesia is epidural anaesthesia. In addition to anaesthesia, patients may also be sedated. Joint replacement surgery takes between one and two hours and reoperations take between two and six hours to complete.

After the surgery, the new joint will be X-rayed outside the operating theatre before the patient is transferred to the recovery room. This is done to prevent complications.


From surgery to the recovery room

After surgery, the patient is taken to the inpatient ward’s recovery room to recuperate. Nurse anaesthetists will provide care in the recovery room. Recovery room care is typically focused on the management of post-operative pain. The aim is to manage post-operative pain and restore the patient’s overall condition. This will allow for rehabilitation to begin on the day of the surgery.

As their condition improves, patients are moved from the recovery room to the inpatient ward for rehabilitation, some of which will take place on the day of the surgery. We have defined criteria for evaluating a patient’s readiness for placement in the ward.

Our anaesthesiologist will visit any patients who have stayed in the recovery room overnight to assess their condition.

From the recovery room to the inpatient ward

Patients are moved from the recovery room to the inpatient ward for rehabilitation.

The sooner you can get into an upright position and start moving, the better the chance of recovery and avoiding complications. The inpatient ward nurses help patients sit up and, their condition permitting, stand and walk around on the day of your surgery. This requires that the patient has regained feeling in their lower limbs, their pain is under control and their overall condition is good.

The nursing team of the inpatient ward will monitor, treat and assist the patients in their care. Doctors will perform rounds daily. A physiotherapist instructs patients on rehabilitation exercises, how to cope at home and recovery in general.

Our professional ward staff are the key to a speedy recovery, which is why the majority of our patients can safely go directly back to living at home. Hospital discharge is discussed on the outpatient clinic visit with a physician and a nurse. Patients undergoing their first surgery stay in the inpatient ward for one to three days. If longer inpatient care is necessary, the patient will be transferred to their local health centre on the second day following surgery. Their provider of further treatment depends on the agreement made with the patient’s municipality of residence.

Watch a video of the course of a surgery day

Coxa – Tekonivelleikkauksessa is a video montage that covers the day of surgery and hospitalisation from the patient’s perspective.

Watch the videos here