After your knee or hip joint replacement surgery, you’ll spend two to three days in the hospital recuperating and regaining your strength. A member of our Joint Care Team will ease you into a comfortable recliner chair each morning and make sure your pain is managed. Breakfast will be delivered along with a daily New Joint Newsletter that explains each step of your care and daily schedule for meals, therapy and more.
To achieve maximum mobility and optimum use of your new joint, we’ll aim to have you up and walking the first day after surgery. In fact, we’ll have you exercising your new joint with twice daily Physical Therapy sessions in the Joint Gym and walks on our Georgia Sightseer Tour. Your doctor may also order the use of a Continuous Passive Motion machine (CPM) that will automatically exercise your knee even while you are stationary in the bed. Your coach is invited and encouraged to attend your physical therapy with you and can have lunch in your room or at the Walker’s Café. Your evenings will be free for friends to visit.
Deciding when you are ready to go home or to a rehabilitation center is something that you, your surgeon and your Joint Care Coordinator will determine together. Once the decision is made, your Joint Care Coordinator will instruct you and your coach in how to care for your new hip or knee, change the dressing on the surgical site and recognize any signs of infection.
Joint exercises are a critical component of your recovery, and your Joint Care Coordinator will recommend an at-home program for you. Your Joint Care Coordinator can also arrange for any equipment, home health visits, therapy or support services you will need to continue a full recovery when you leave. You should be able to resume most of your normal activities within 3 to 6 weeks following surgery and be able to drive in 4 to 6 weeks.