Before surgery

Advice and counselling
Before surgery

Surgery for hip osteoarthritis

If you have osteoarthritis in the hip, a hip replacement surgery may be a possibility. Every year, about 8,000 Danes have a hip replacement. It is often a relief to get rid of the annoying pain, and many patients will be able to resume doings and activities that had been given up because of the osteoarthritis. Here you can watch a film about how Randi Pedersen came through her surgery for hip osteoarthritis (in Danish only).

Hip fracture surgery

A hip fracture, or a fractured thigh bone, is always treated with surgery. When arriving at the hospital you will be examined and an assessment will be made as to which type of surgery you will have.

Before surgery you can only stay in bed and usually

  • blood samples will be taken and sometimes an electrocardiogram (EKG) is taken
  • fluid is being given intravenously through a needle into a vein in your hand
  • you are offered pain-relieving medicine

After the surgery you will remain in hospital for about five days depending on your condition prior to the surgery and the type of surgery. You can watch a film (in Danish only) in which a patient is admitted to hospital after a hip fracture.

You can also read some of the booklets (in Danish only) prepared by Slagelse Hospital for patients with a hip fracture.

For the relatives

If one of your relatives needs surgery, a few things may ease the process for the patient as well as the healthcare staff. It would be a good idea to bring:

  • Glasses, hearing aids and dentures
  • Toiletries (electric shaver or shaving equipment)
  • Medication in original packing
  • Name and phone number of contact person
  • Leisure time activities (such as knitting, magazines etc.)

Admission and surgery

When you are ill and have to contact the health authorities, a number of questions often come up.

You can find answers to many questions at (in Danish) or in the english virsion:

. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions:

Waiting time

It would be nice to be informed about the waiting times for surgeries. At you can see waiting times for surgeries in your own and other regions in Denmark.

Below you can see an example of the waiting time list. The list is a snapshot of the waiting times in February 2013. If you want to see the latest update, you will find it at (in Danish only)

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Patient counsellors

A patient counsellor can help you find your way through healthcare services. All regions in Denmark have patient counsellors whom you can contact if you have questions concerning waiting time, operation, transportation, etc.

The patient counsellors at Region Zealand’s patient counselling unit can provide you with information, counselling and guidance. You can both call them and write them. You can also book a meeting with a counsellor. The patient counselling unit is open for phone calls Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and Friday from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.

You can read more about the patient counsellors in Region Zealand and see their contact data here (in Danish only).


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