Total Joint Replacement: After Surgery

What You Need to Know After Surgery (Post-Op)


Hourly Exercises


• Ankle pumps

• Quad sets

• Glut sets

Refer to your exercise handout to complete these exercises.



Incentive Spirometer


Breathing exercises done every hour with the apparatus provided to you by nursing.



Pain Management


There will be some pain involved in your surgery, but we strive to control the pain at a comfortable level.



Begin Therapy


• You will receive Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy during
   your stay.


Prepare for Discharge


• If you need any medical equipment (DME) to take home, it will be
   delivered to your hospital room for you.

•  Know your policy provisions regarding transportation and medical
   equipment coverage.

• Make arrangements for transportation prior to discharge if not covered
   by insurance.

• Planned discharge time is 11:00 a.m., or if applicable, after your group
   discharge class.

Know Your Discharge Options. 

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