When preparing for a joint replacement, you may come to the Joint Replacement Center up to one month before your surgery. At this time you go through the pre-operation process to make sure all necessary X-Rays, lab work and tests have been done to properly prepare you for your surgery. The pre-op process can be done as much as one month, but no less than one week before your joint replacement.
At the Joint Replacement Center, a group approach is taken with these specific procedures. Your length of stay at the hospital is usually a one to two days. On a Thursday, one to four weeks before your surgery, you attend a pre-operative class. Here you will meet a nurse clinical coordinator, physician assistant (director of the Joint Replacement Club), as well as members of the physical therapy and occupational therapy teams. This class includes an informal lunch and education session. At this time, you will learn what to expect from a rehabilitation and nursing standpoint and are free to ask any questions of those present. In general, you are invited to help alleviate anxieties and to put your mind at ease.
Surgeries at the Joint Replacement Center take place early in the week. One day after your surgery, you are allowed to wear normal street clothes. Wellness is emphasized at the Joint Replacement Club and you urged to be as comfortable as possible. Physical therapy starts after surgery. Daily therapy sessions focus on mobility with gait/transfers, ambulation with a walker and isometric strengthening.
Depending on the day of your surgery and your condition, dismissal is one to two days after surgery. Criteria for dismissal includes pain well-controlled iwth oral medication and safety with gait and transfers.
If you are planning to have a joint replacement surgery, you can prepare yourself for a better outcome by performing a few, simple leg strengthening exercises in the weeks and months leading up to your surgery. View this video to learn more.