Getting Back to Everyday Activities after Joint Replacement Surgery

Planning for discharge from the hospital begins when your joint surgery is scheduled. Your home situation, mobility, medical condition and the availability of family assistance may influence the discharge plan.


Improvements in surgical techniques and post-operative care mean that within a few days you will most likely go straight home from the hospital. For some patients, a stay in a rehabilitation center or care facility may be necessary before they're able to return home. Your Joint Care Coordinator will work with your care team to determine what's best for you and arrange additional support at home if required.

While each patient is different, the goal is for you to recover from your surgery in the comfort of your own home as soon as possible. Most patients prefer to have family members and friends close-by to support them during rehabilitation.

If special assistance such as medical equipment rental, home nursing care, outpatient therapy or a stay in a skilled nursing facility are required, our Care Management department will work with you to coordinate the details.


Kristie Dennett
Orthopedics Coordinator
(616) 494-4032