SCL Health Medical Group - Rocky Mountain Orthopedics

Patient Guide to Total Joint Replacement

This guide will educate you about what to expect when experiencing a total joint replacement. The videos below will step you through the journey.

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

This video will guide you and your family in preparing for joint replacement surgery - from taking care of your health to preparing your home for recovery.

Your Joint Coach

A designated friend or family will act as your joint coach. They will help you prepare and stay with you the first few days after surgery.


Preparing Your Home Prior to Your Joint Replacement Surgery

Prior to your surgery, there are several things you will need to do prepare your home for a safe post-surgery environment.

What to Expect on Your Day of Surgery

Preparing for your joint replacement surgery starts soon after scheduling.

Anesthesia and Your Surgery

Right before surgery, you and your anesthesiologist will meet to discuss the anesthesia plan.

Pre-Op Exercises for Hip or Knee Joint Replacement Surgery

Prior to your surgery, it's important to do a series of exercises to strengthen your muscles which will aid in your recovery.

Occupational Therapy and Activities of Daily Living

Your therapist will explain to you and your joint coach what you will need to do after surgery.

Physical Therapy in the Hospital

Physical Therapy is a critical part of your joint replacement journey. Therapy will start on the day of surgery as soon as you are able to participate.

Discharge and Follow-Up

In the first two weeks after surgery, limit your activities to essential functions.

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