Not to worry. We’ll walk with you every step of the way.
Maybe you’ve been putting off orthopedic surgery because of the unknowns involved. You have reservations. Doubts and concerns. And questions …
How long will your activity be limited?
How much will this cost, out-of-pocket?
How can I find an orthopedic doctor I can trust?
We understand that before you move ahead with surgery, you’ll want an orthopedic surgeon you can trust, and you’ll want to know exactly what to expect.
We’ve developed Joint University, a comprehensive program for you, our patients, to provide the education, support, encouragement, and resources that allow you to know exactly what you’re heading into, and how to get back to life – pain-free. You’ll receive detailed information in the class and a patient notebook, which many of our patients greatly appreciate.
“The way they helped me prepare for surgery was excellent. It was very, very good. I appreciated going into the surgery so well-informed.”
~Linda Whiting, Patient
Preparing for orthopedic surgery.
Below is an overview of our recommendations for before, during, and after your joint replacement surgery. It is not intended to take the place of any instructions provided by your orthopedic doctor, but we do encourage you to discuss this information with your orthopedic surgeon.
Questions you may want to ask your doctor.
We suggest that you print out a list of questions and take it with you the next time you meet with your orthopedic surgeon. Add questions whenever they come to your mind. As your orthopedic surgeon gives you instructions on how to prepare for orthopedic surgery, take notes so you can refer to them once you are home.
Four weeks before surgery.
- Become familiar with your joint anatomy. You may find it helpful to understand your joint anatomy and read answers to common questions prior to orthopedic surgery. You will receive a guidebook once you have scheduled your surgery.
- Pre-register for Joint University pre-op class at St. Joseph Health.