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Looking after yourself at home is one of the most important parts of your overall recovery following any surgery. Even though you are not in hospital, you are still recuperating. Your rate of improvement and progress will depend on the type of surgery you had, what support you have at home, and your overall fitness and health. If you live alone, it is a good idea to organise another adult to stay with you at home the first night after discharge. This person can keep an eye on your recovery and wellbeing.
The discharge staff at the hospital should be able to provide you with an indication of the types of products you may require to support your recovery at home. This product list will depend on the type of surgery you have had. You can also find out about home help services available in your area.
While there are a range of reasons for surgery, joint replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common for many Australians. These procedures typically lead to a significant improvement in mobility and comfort. Following such surgery, it is important to speed recovery by protecting the new joint. You can expect to return to a similar lifestyle and resume most activities, however you may have to change how you do them. For example, you may need to learn new ways to safely bend or sit. Always follow the advice of your doctor, occupational therapist or other health professional and avoid activities that cause excessive joint movement.