The time to prepare for your arrival home is before
you have your total joint replacement surgery.
Having a coach is essential for
the first week or so. In choosing a coach, consider that this person
should be willing and able to do the following activities:
Joint replacement surgery is only a part of attaining your
goal- much of the work is up to you. You will have physical therapy treatments
2-3 times a week, so doing your exercises on the days in between is very
Make time each day for the exercises ordered by your
orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist. Start slowly, then try to exercise a
little more each day. Your
results depend on the work you
put into your recovery
You may go to outpatient physical therapy after you go
home, or you may receive home physical therapy.
If you have home physical therapy, the therapist will visit
your home two to three times a week for the first two weeks.
After you have completed your home physical therapy you
will go to outpatient physical therapy as arranged by your surgeon.
Your equipment may be ordered by your surgeon’s office and
delivered to your home before your surgery. If you do not receive your
equipment before surgery, it will be ordered and arranged through your
insurance company to be delivered to your bedside prior to your going home.
Total Knee patients will require:
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