Become an in-patient and have your surgery
Day of arrival
On the day of your surgery, you will check in at the Admissions and Day Case Unit (ADCU) at the time stated on your admission letter.
What to expect - immediately before surgery
- In ADCU you will have your blood pressure, temperature, pulse and oxygen saturation levels recorded
- To help reduce the risk of blood clots you will be measured for compression stockings, which you should wear as instructed.
- The anaesthetist and a member of the surgical team will visit you before surgery. The anaesthetist will explain the anaesthetic and methods of pain control. You will have the opportunity to ask any further questions. They will also discuss your consent again prior to surgery
- A member of the surgical team will draw an arrow on your leg to ensure the correct side is operated on. Do not wash off this arrow!
- You may be given pre-operative pain relief. This will help ensure that they are in your bloodstream before surgery
- You will be given an indication of the time you will be going to theatre. Theatres run all day so your surgery could be in the afternoon
- Before you go to theatre, you will be given a theatre gown to wear
- When it is time for your operation, one of our team will take you to the changing room. They will then go through a series of safety checks and then one of our theatre team will take over your care
- There will be a final series of checks before you are connected to monitoring equipment
- You will then be given an anaesthetic
When you have been anaesthetised, you will be taken to the operating theatre. While you are asleep the anaesthetist will remain with you at all times, monitoring to ensure you are safe. If you are awake or under light sedation, you will be aware at times of some noises and vibrations. The anaesthetist will be there at all times to reassure you.
What to expect immediately after surgery
The operation to replace your knee takes approximately 1-2 hours.
After surgery you will be taken to recovery and then onto the ward. Here you will be given regular pain relief by the nursing staff and your observations will be checked regularly