Going Home

Discharge From the Center:

You will be discharged from the center 4-6 hours after surgery.
Physical therapy will be arranged for the day after surgery. This will be performed by a Home Care Provider.

Prior to Going Home:

You will be given detailed instructions for your care at home and what to expect, as well as phone numbers to call if needed. Please contact the Total Nurse Navigator if you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed in the instructions. We don’t want you to worry and wonder at home.

Post-Surgery Follow-up:

A nurse from our surgery center will contact you the following day to see how you are doing and answer any questions.

Your first post-operative visit to your surgeon’s office will generally occur about 2 weeks after your procedure. This appointment will be scheduled prior to surgery. Your second office visit will be determined by your surgeon and the progress you have made in physical therapy.

What to Expect the Day After Surgery

Everyday Activities:

Showering: Please refer to the instructions provided to you by the Total Joint Nurse Navigator and the Total Joint patient booklet. (The booklet is provided to the patient at the Education Class/Boot Camp.)

Climbing stairs: When climbing stairs, go up using your good leg first; go down with your bad leg first. Please make sure to hold on to a railing when using stairs.

Sitting: Use chairs that have arms, backs and firm seats. You need the arms to help lift yourself out of the chair. Avoid low stools, low chairs or low toilets.

Walking: You will begin walking the day of surgery. Each day, the distance you walk will be increased. You will learn how to walk to the bathroom, in the hallway, and climb stairs. Always use your walker or crutches and avoid over-exertion. DO NOT walk on uneven surfaces such as lawns or gravel. It is important to follow directions from your physical therapist. Physical therapy will teach you how to transfer out of bed. You may be weight bearing, as tolerated.

We recommend that you avoid extreme positions of your hip following surgery. Please discuss any limitations on specific movements with your surgeon prior to surgery. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your surgeon after your surgery.