Robotic hip replacement surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique. Although the prosthetic components are the same as those used for traditional hip arthroplasty, the incisions required for implant placement are much smaller.
Smaller incisions heal faster, but until healing is complete, every wound is at risk for infection. To avoid suffering post-surgical complications, follow our advice on proper wound care after MAKOplasty™ robotic hip replacement surgery.
Keep the Bandage Clean and Dry
Some research suggests that surgical wounds aren’t more likely to become infected if they get wet — but hip reconstruction specialists generally don’t recommend taking the risk.
After MAKOplasty™ robotic hip surgery, keep the bandage covering your wounds clean and dry. The wounds themselves also need to stay dry — so that means no showering until you get the go-ahead from your orthopedic surgeon.
Change the Bandage as Needed
For the first couple of weeks following MAKOplasty™ robotic hip surgery or until you no longer have any wound drainage, you’ll need to change your bandage regularly. Your orthopedic surgeon will let you know how often, but as a general rule, plan on changing your bandage daily.
To change your bandage, follow these steps:
- Gather fresh bandages, medical tape, a clean medical glove and any other supplies you need.
- Clean your hands, scrubbing thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and rinsing well.
- Carefully loosen the tape from your skin.
- Use the glove to grab and remove the old bandage.
- Use sterile water or saline to soak the bandage if it sticks.
- Gently wipe the wounds in one direction with gauze soaked in sterile or saline water.
- Pat the wounds dry with gauze or a clean, dry cloth.
- Apply a new bandage over the wounds.
- Seal the old bandages and used supplies in a plastic bag and throw it away.
- Clean and dry your hands.
Be on the Lookout for Signs of Infection
As you’re healing from MAKOplasty™ robotic hip surgery, there’s a chance you could develop an infection. When you’re changing your bandages, check your wounds and call your orthopedic surgeon if you notice any of the following signs:
- Increased redness, swelling, bleeding or pain at the incision areas
- Wounds looking larger or deeper, or having an unusually dark or dried-out appearance
- Increased drainage from the wounds, a bad odor, thickening or turning tan, green or yellow
- A temperature of 100.5 degrees or higher
Would you like to learn more about recovering from MAKOplasty™ robotic hip replacement surgery? If your procedure is with Dr. Trevor H. Magee at Core Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, you’ll get a complete set of aftercare instructions. And our medical staff will take the time to answer all your questions.
As one of northern Utah’s leading hip reconstruction specialists and an expert in MAKOplasty™ robotic surgery, Dr. Magee can offer expert advice on achieving a smooth, quick recovery from hip arthroplasty. To learn more, contact our Salt Lake City, Sandy or Park City office and schedule a robotic hip replacement surgery consultation today.