Preparing for Your Procedure
What to Expect
Leading Up to Your Surgery
Register for our
Joint Success joint replacement education class.
- Ask your doctor about starting upper body strengthening exercises to help
you use a walker or crutches after surgery.
- Start practicing pumping your ankles back and forth about 1,000 times a
day. This is an exercise you will do after surgery to help prevent blood clots.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet.
At least two weeks before surgery, it is important to take care of all
your pre-admission arrangements. Baton Rouge General offers a fast track
registration process that saves you time and creates a touchless experience
while on campus.
Surgery Fast Pass
If you’d prefer to visit in person with our pre-admission nurse,
please call (225) 763-4068 to make an appointment. Or, you can
request an appointment online.
When you come in to meet with the nurse, don't forget to bring:
- List of any medications you are currently taking
- Your insurance cards
- Photo ID
- Orders/paperwork from your doctor's office
Day Before Surgery
- Unless otherwise instructed, don't eat or drink past midnight.
- Follow pre-surgery cleansing instructions.
- Bring a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter drugs,
and make a list of all known allergies and the reactions you experience.
- If you take medication for a chronic condition, such as blood pressure
or heart disorder, please ask your surgeon if you should take them prior
- Pack loose-fitting clothes and any personal care items.
- Avoid bringing valuables.
During Your Stay
- Your care team will consist of your surgeon, registered nurses, physical
& occupational therapists, patient care assistants and other hospital
personnel, all dedicated to assisting you in your recovery period.
- You will participate in physical therapy twice a day, including one group session.
- You will receive education regarding your procedure; recovery and exercises
to help you and your coach better understand how to care for your new joint.
- Be sure to be well-rested.
- Keep your knee immobilizer secured, if applicable.
- Do not put a pillow under your knee (knee patients only).
- Keep your leg straight in bed with toes pointed upward.
- Expect to be evaluated by physical therapy (PT) if ordered by your doctor.
This will include walking if you are able to do so safely with assistance
and a walker.
- You’ll learn about any post-surgical precautions, weight bearing
status, and activity guidelines.
Your family and friends can get status updates on your surgery through
our Surgery Tracker. Simply
download the app or search "Baton Rouge General Mobile" in the App or Google
rehabilitation is so important on your road to a healthy and full recovery, and it begins
while you are still in the hospital.
Day After Surgery
- Evaluation from Physical Therapy, if you were not evaluated after your surgery
- Sit out of bed for 30-60 minutes.
- Walk with a walker and assistance.
- You will be measured for your range of motion by clinicians who will work
with you to increase your range by five degrees each day (knee patients only).
- You will begin strengthening exercises.
- Your home exercise program will begin.
- You and your family will be re-educated about post-surgical precautions,
weight-bearing status and activity guidelines.
Day Two After Surgery
- Increase your time out of bed to at least one hour or longer if able.
- Walk with a walker and assistance.
- Review your home exercise program with your family.
- You will be knowledgeable about post-surgical precautions, weight-bearing
status and activity guidelines.
- You will complete step/stair training if necessary.
- Require little to no assistance getting in and out of bed and standing up.
- Walk with a walker with little to no assistance for at least 50 feet
- Increase your time out of bed to one and a half hours.
- You will be able to do your home exercise program on your own and with
- Demonstrate good safety awareness with all activities.