Resources and Support
After surgery, the journey really begins. Physical rehabilitation is so
important on your road to a healthy and full recovery, and it begins while
you are still in the hospital. Our physical and occupational therapists
will get you out of bed and moving again the day after surgery to take
you through the stretches and exercises that will help you regain your
range of motion and resume normal activities as quickly as possible. Before
you leave, our care team will work with you and your family to decide
whether you will go home with Home Health Care or to inpatient rehabilitation.
Your medical social worker or inpatient case manager will help arrange
these services for you.
Most patients benefit from continuing therapy after they have left the
hospital. Our therapists will evaluate your progress over time, helping
you toward your goal every step of the way. You will likely spend at least
two days each week in therapy until your goals have been achieved.
Click here to learn more about outpatient rehabilitation.
After surgery, orthopedic patients with complex conditions (orthopedic
trauma, bilateral joint replacement, etc.) may meet criteria for needing
a more intense rehabilitation. For these patients, we are equipped for
therapy in a more intimate inpatient setting.
Click here to learn more about inpatient rehabilitation.
Home Health Care teams usually include a skilled nurse and a physical therapist.
Depending on your needs, an occupational therapist and home health aide
may be added to your services.
Click here to learn more about home health options.
If you are in recovery for a joint replacement and aren’t quite ready
to go home, our Skilled Care area gives you a higher level of professional
clinical care than you would receive at home. Skilled Care is for less
critical patients and allows you needed time with physicians, physical
therapists, and other clinicians.
Click here to learn more about skilled care.
Safety and Avoiding Falls
Once you have a new joint, you’ll want to keep it safe and sound!
Check out your house before surgery and consider the following suggestions
to make your return home easier and injury-free:
- Wear nonskid footwear. Slippers should have a back and a rubber sole to
provide the best traction when walking.
- Remove obstacles like rugs, electrical cords and clutter. Be mindful of
small pets and uneven floor surfaces.
- Make sure your home has adequate lighting in all areas. Use night lights
and flashlights, especially in hallways and bathrooms.
- Use elevated seating surfaces if needed.
- Use chairs with armrests to help you get up and down.
- Stand up slowly from a sitting position in case you become dizzy.
- Change positions frequently to help avoid stiffness.