Right After Surgery
After surgery you'll spend the next few days with us in the Joint Replacement Center participating in physical and occupational group therapy. The following links will give you a quick overview of what to expect each day. Also check out the daily schedule below.
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After Joint Replacement Surgery - Day One
By 7 a.m. on Day One after surgery, you can expect to be bathed, dressed, helped out of bed, and seated in a recliner in your room. Your surgeon and physician's assistant will visit you in the morning. Group therapy begins at 9 a.m. and the afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. The physical therapist will get you walking with a walker. Your coach is encouraged to be present as much as possible. Visitors are welcome, preferably late afternoons or evenings until 8 p.m.
After Surgery - Day Two
On Day Two after surgery, we will help you get dressed and out of bed. It will be much easier today. Shorts and tops are usually best; long pants are restrictive. Group therapy is at 9 a.m. It is helpful if your coach attends these sessions. You will practice getting in and out of bed and you may even begin walking stairs this afternoon. Your appetite should start to improve. Evenings are free for friends to visit.
You may be discharged home today. More and more patients are meeting their discharge goals on day two. Your surgeon and the hospital staff will let you know if this applies to you.