The first few days after your surgery are filled with lots of activity as you learn how to use your new joint.
Your health care team will balance this activity with rest periods. Family and friend support is also essential to your healthy recovery and should be balanced with your rest needs.
The hospital is often the best place to get the rest you need to feel strong enough to return home. For this reason, you may prefer to ask visitors to see you and your family after you go home.
Each hospital area has different visitor rules, so check with your health care team about rules for your care unit.
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If you have any questions about the activities to help prevent complications, please ask a member of your health care team.
If you develop a fever, you may need to do more breathing exercises with your incentive spirometer.
Research shows that patients who take an active role in their health care can have better outcomes than those who don't. Here's some simple advice on how you can be prepared for your hospital stay.