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After joint replacement surgery, depend on Essentia Health to provide high-quality care and support so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible.
Plan to stay in the hospital one or two nights after your total hip replacement or total knee replacement surgery. You can expect to be walking and count on your care team to check in with you often to help you recover comfortably.
Expect to begin physical therapy within 24 hours of your surgery. Work with your physical therapist to perform gentle exercises that help you regain your strength, mobility, and range of motion. We’ll also help you walk with a walker or crutches. Depending on where you have your joint replacement procedure, you may join other patients for group physical therapy classes, too.
Learn ways to more easily, safely complete daily tasks, such as dressing and bathing, from an occupational therapist.
In most cases, you’ll go directly home after you leave the hospital. Ask a family member or friend to stay with you and assist with meal preparation, household chores, errands, and more. If you need additional assistance at home, learn about home health care services.
If you need further nursing or therapy care before returning home, your care team may recommend short-term rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility.
To achieve the best outcome from your joint replacement procedure, follow your physical therapy exercise program at home. Depending on your progress, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend outpatient physical therapy.
After reaching your recovery goals, work with your primary care provider and orthopedic surgeon to determine a regular exercise plan that can help you stay well without putting your new joint at risk.
Maintain your health by following your orthopedic surgeon’s recommendations for follow-up visits. We’ll monitor your replaced joint so we can detect any potential problems early and prevent complications.
Call your orthopedic surgeon if you experience: