Carron Evans is aClinical Pharmacistat Spire Portsmouth HospitalQ I am due to have a kneereplacement surgery in afew weeks and am verynervous about having a spinaanaesthetic and pain relief.What can I expect?These are common questions from patientshaving knee replacements. Before your surgeryyou will be invited to attend 'joint schoolwell as a one to one session with one of ourpre-assessment nurses which will give you anThe next thing you will be aware of is waking upin recovery and it will all be over. You should feelIopportunity to talk about your concern:sIWhen it is time for your operation you will be asked bright and awake and your pain will beto sit on the bed in theatre. It's a busy environment, well controlledbut don't worry, that's quite normal. Once in theatre i Post-operative pain is acute at first but decreaseswe usually offer you a spinal anaesthetic rather thania general anesthetic. A spinal is considered saferIover a few days, weeks and months. Your nursinand provides good pain control. The procedure isIteam will do all they can to minimise andmanage your pain through good pain relief. Thereusually as follows:are many options of drugs and treatment routesAs you won't have been eating or drinking normallyI available to treat pain and your nursing teamfor a while, your anaesthetist will put a cannulainto the back of your hand and give you somefluids along with antibiotics to help preventpost-operative infection.The anaesthetist will then ask you to cuddle a pllowknow what pain relief you are currently takingto make your back nice and round and spray youri will find the right options for you. Everyone haI different pain control requirements, therefore, towork out what is right for you and ensure goodl pain control, you should let your nursing teamI Don't be a hero with pain; there are no prizes fornot using pain relief! It is much more importantback with a cold spray before administering theinjection. You will notice warmth spreading downyour back and into your buttocks and be asked toto be comfortable so that you can begin yourdown before being given additional medication to physiotherapy and recovery, and soon begin tohelp you sleep.ifeel the positive benefits of your surgeryS2To book a consultation or for any enquiries,please speak to our team onSpirePortsmouth Hospital02392 802 921or email info@spireportsmouth.comBartons Rd, Havant PO9 5NP

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Carron Evans is a Clinical Pharmacist at Spire Portsmouth Hospital Q I am due to have a knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am very nervous about having a spina anaesthetic and pain relief. What can I expect? These are common questions from patients having knee replacements. Before your surgery you will be invited to attend 'joint school well as a one to one session with one of our pre-assessment nurses which will give you an The next thing you will be aware of is waking up in recovery and it will all be over. You should feel I opportunity to talk about your concern:s I When it is time for your operation you will be asked bright and awake and your pain will be to sit on the bed in theatre. It's a busy environment, well controlled but don't worry, that's quite normal. Once in theatre i Post-operative pain is acute at first but decreases we usually offer you a spinal anaesthetic rather thani a general anesthetic. A spinal is considered safer I over a few days, weeks and months. Your nursin and provides good pain control. The procedure isI team will do all they can to minimise and manage your pain through good pain relief. There usually as follows: are many options of drugs and treatment routes As you won't have been eating or drinking normally I available to treat pain and your nursing team for a while, your anaesthetist will put a cannula into the back of your hand and give you some fluids along with antibiotics to help prevent post-operative infection. The anaesthetist will then ask you to cuddle a pllowknow what pain relief you are currently taking to make your back nice and round and spray your i will find the right options for you. Everyone ha I different pain control requirements, therefore, to work out what is right for you and ensure good l pain control, you should let your nursing team I Don't be a hero with pain; there are no prizes for not using pain relief! It is much more important back with a cold spray before administering the injection. You will notice warmth spreading down your back and into your buttocks and be asked toto be comfortable so that you can begin your down before being given additional medication to physiotherapy and recovery, and soon begin to help you sleep. i feel the positive benefits of your surgery S2 To book a consultation or for any enquiries, please speak to our team on Spire Portsmouth Hospital 02392 802 921 or email info@spireportsmouth.com Bartons Rd, Havant PO9 5NP

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