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What Should You Expect the Day of Your Parent's Hip Surgery?

By Kaltoon Essa

Undergoing hip surgery can be a fantastic choice for your aging parent. This surgery can ease their pain, restore their mobility, increase flexibility and range of motion, and boost independence as they age in place. As their family caregiver, however, you may be nervous about the surgery and how your parent will get through it. Knowing what to expect can help you to feel more at ease, and give you greater confidence going into the day of surgery.

Some things you should expect the day of your parents have surgery include:

  • Be there early. Depending on a variety of factors including your seniors health, physical condition, and the specific extent of the surgery they will undergo, the doctor may request your parents be at the hospital the day before the surgery. This allows them to run further tests and prepare your parents body for the surgery.
  • They may need to fast. Whether your senior needs to be at the hospital the night before or the morning of the surgery, they may need to fast prior to the procedure. Ask the doctor about whether your parent can eat or drink before the surgery, and when they need to stop. It is very important to follow these guidelines strictly, and to tell the doctor if your parent ate or drank when they weren't supposed to. This can put them at serious risk if they do not follow these instructions.
  • They should leave their valuables at home. Your parent may be accustomed to wearing jewelry or accessories, but they should not during their surgery. Encourage them to leave these items at home, or if they are wearing them when you leave for the hospital, have them leave the items with you.
  • They will be under anesthesia. Your parent's medical team will evaluate them and determine which type of general anesthesia is right for their needs. This medication will allow them to rest peacefully throughout the procedure, and provide some level of pain relief prior to them waking up. They will then receive more pain medication as they come out of the anesthesia to help them cope with their postoperative pain.
  • It will take a few hours. Hip surgery is not a quick procedure. It will take two hours or more depending on the specific type of surgery the medical team elects for your parent. You should stay in the hospital readily accessible to the medical team throughout the entire procedure. Be sure to leave contact information with a member of the nursing staff so if you need to go to the cafeteria or another location in the hospital and they need to find you, they can contact you.
  • Recovery starts immediately. After your parent undergoes their surgery, they will spend a few hours in a recovery room so the medical team can monitor their pain levels, vital signs, and other immediate issues. They will then be transferred to another room. During this time your parent will most likely receive medications to help reduce the risk of a blood clot during their early recovery.

If your aging parent must undergo surgery for a broken hip or has recently undergone such surgery, starting home care for them can be one of the best decisions that you can make. Recovery from a hip will require a considerable amount of care, support, and assistance throughout this time. An in-home senior care services provider can step in to provide your aging parent with a highly personalized approach to their care. This care will be tailored to not only helping them to manage the tasks of recovering from their surgery, but also moving forward in a lifestyle that is healthy, safe, active, and fulfilling. As a family caregiver, knowing that your aging parent is in the hands of a home care provider can be tremendously meaningful and help you to feel more confident that even when you are not able to be with them, they will have everything that they need to handle their recovery and this new chapter in their life in the best way possible.


If you are considering in-home care in Ashburn, VA, for an elderly loved one, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers Home Care in Leesburg. (703) 297-4642