Preparing for Joint Replacement or Other Orthopedic Surgery
Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery
Joint replacement surgery is a major decision, and now that you’ve made the choice to have orthopedic surgery in Atlanta, it’s our job to make sure everything goes smoothly. That’s why the DeKalb Medical Joint Solutions Center provides you with your own personal Joint Care Coordinator who will work with you and your doctor to make sure you know exactly what to expect before, during and after your hip or knee replacement. Once your doctor has scheduled your knee or hip replacement surgery, your Joint Care Coordinator will contact you to assist with the details of your orthopedic surgery, insurance coverage and answer any questions you may have.
Joint Replacement and Orthopedic Surgery Schedule
There are many things you can do to prepare yourself emotionally and physically for a successful orthopedic surgery experience. Using the following suggested timelines, we can help you put together all the pieces so you’ll have peace of mind going into and coming out of orthopedic surgery in Atlanta.
4-6 Weeks Before Joint Replacement Surgery
Begin your pre-operative exercise program if prescribed by your doctor. Our Joint Care Coordinator will review these joint care exercises with you in detail during the Pre-Operative education class or you can follow the routines here. Only exercise to your comfort level.
1-3 Weeks Before Joint Replacement Surgery
Your doctor has requested that you attend a class about joint replacement surgery at the Atlanta-based DeKalb Medical Joint Solutions Center one to three weeks prior to your orthopedic surgery. You and your orthopedic recovery coach should attend this 90-minute class that will tell you everything you need to know about your upcoming orthopedic surgery including where to park, what to bring to the hospital and how to care for your new joint. Your surgeon’s office or our Joint Care Coordinator will assist you in scheduling the class, which is held at the DeKalb Medical Women’s and Surgery Center. The class is taught by our Joint Care Coordinator and/or nursing staff, and you’ll receive a voucher for free parking at the time of attendance.
Call 404.501.5697 for more information.
7-10 Days Before Joint Replacement Surgery
DeKalb Medical or your surgeon’s office will be contacting you to schedule a pre-admission appointment. Your pre-admission appointment will be on the first floor of the DeKalb Medical Women’s and Surgery Center (the same building where you will have your orthopedic surgery). During your pre-admission appointment, we will conduct any necessary X-rays, labs or blood work that your doctor has requested prior to performing your orthopedic surgery. You will meet with an anesthesiologist to discuss your current medications and answer any questions you may have about joint replacement. Appointments for orthopedic surgery pre-admission testing are typically scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.