Monday - Friday - 9:00 - 4:00

At the Hospital

Your date for surgery has arrived! You will have received instructions from your doctor about when to stop eating and drinking in preparation for surgery. If you take daily medications, especially blood thinners, ask during your Pre-Admission Clinic visit if you should still take them the morning of surgery. While each hospital may have variations, the basic processes are the same.

You arrive at the hospital about 2 to 2½ hours before your scheduled surgery time and report to the Pre-Operative or Pre-Admission Clinic. Staff will provide you with hospital clothing, an identification wristband, and an explanation of what to expect in the surgical area. Staff may also ask some questions about your medical history and check your temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure.

For your peace of mind and safety, make sure that you know which joint or limb will be undegoing the surgery. Check that the nursing staff and surgeon are in agreement. A representative of the surgical team will sign his/her initials on the appropriate place before the surgery.

Check that the consent lists the correct surgery that you are having. You will have an intravenous (IV) line started to provide fluids and medications during surgery. The anaesthetist will likely speak with you just prior to surgery.

The Surgery

In the Operating Room, you will be prepped for surgery. The type of anaesthesia discussed with you will be given and surgery done. Skin will be cleansed and all areas except the surgical area will be covered with drapes. The length of time the surgery takes depends on the surgery being performed. You may have a bladder catheter inserted to drain urine.

Following your surgery you will be taken to the Recovery Room or Post Anaesthesia Care Unit to have your blood pressure, pulse and breathing checked. You will receive medication for your pain either intravenously or by injection. You will be asked to do your deep breathing and possibly some exercises to ensure good circulation. You may have an x-ray taken.

Approximately 2 hours following your surgery, you will be moved to your room. At that time, the nurse will assess the wound dressing and medications you normally take may be restarted. You will receive medication to control your pain which may be given by through the IV, injection or as pills. You may have clear fluids and possibly some toast if you wish. The surgeon will speak to you or your family about the surgery.

Your Recovery

After surgery, the focus is on your comfort, healing and recovery. Minimizing pain and preventing complications are critical to all three.

Walking Is Man's Best Medicine

Although it was many years ago, the statement by Hippocrates holds the truth to healthy lifestyles today. However many people are unable to walk or take an active role in their health due to the pain and limitations caused by Arthritis. At Concordia Joint Replacement Group, we provide options to reduce pain and improve the wellbeing of persons affected by Arthritis.

We strive for excellence in the clinical care of patients undergoing joint replacement of the hip or knee through high quality standards for patient safety, patient education, rehabilitation and surgical techniques. The team at the Concordia Joint Replacement Group and the Concordia Hospital in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority value research and the latest strategies to achieve high levels of patient satisfaction.

Make A Donation

The Concordia Joint Replacement Group is supported by The Concordia Foundation, Manitoba, Canada.

Registered Charitable Number
13036 3336RR0001

Charitable tax receipts will be issued from The Concordia Foundation. Please address cheque to The Concordia Foundation and designate your gift for the Arthroplasty Research Chair at Concordia.


Where to find us?

Suite 310-1155 Concordia Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R2K 2M9
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