NICE has released new guidelines recommending patients who undergo a hip replacement to begin rehab on the same day as their procedure.
The new guidelines found under Joint Replacement: Hip, knee and shoulder, sets out the care of patients before and after joint replacement surgery. Here, we’ll look at why this new guidance has been published by NICE and what effect same day rehab can have on patients.
What are the new guidelines?
The new guidelines have been introduced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The body consulted with the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedics Chartered Physiotherapists during the development of the guidelines. They reference patient care before and after planned hip, knee and shoulder replacements, providing information for both patients and surgeons.
The latest guidelines relate to the importance of rehabilitation in recovery. Now, it is being recommended that patients undergo rehab on the same day, or at least within 24 hours of their operation. This should be offered to the patient by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.
The rehab should include post-surgery exercise advice, alongside guidance on certain lifestyle choices such as smoking and weight management. This will help to aid in achieving the best outcomes.
Why is same day rehab after hip replacement important?
There are a number of reasons why same day rehab is important for hip replacement patients. According to research, it helps to achieve better outcomes.
The goal of any surgery is to achieve the best outcome. However, often the recovery process determines how well it goes. Early rehab can help to improve the range of movement within the joint, ensuring it isn’t stiff or uncomfortable. It can also help to strengthen up the surrounding muscles and reduce pain after the surgery.
The recovery for a hip replacement can be difficult. In some cases, you may need help to walk again. Rehab can help to get you back walking quickly after the procedure, reducing downtime.
Other factors that can aid in a speedy recovery
As well as same day physical therapy, there are some other factors that can aid in a speedy recovery from joint replacement surgery. Making sure your home is prepared in advance so you can simply rest and recover for example, is a good idea. Make sure anything you need is within easy reach and the home is clean and tidy.
You’ll also want to avoid returning to sports and more strenuous exercise for at least six weeks. This includes activities such as swimming and golf. While gentle exercise is important for your recovery, doing too much too soon could prove damaging.
Taking care of yourself and making healthier lifestyle choices will also help. This includes quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet. Focus on foods which are known for their healing properties.
Overall, same day rehab is important for hip replacement patients. The earlier patients get moving, particularly walking, the better the outcome will be. The new research will prove useful for both patients and surgeons when determining the most effective recovery plan.