Joint replacements are recommended when a joint has deteriorated and the joint surfaces need to be replaced with artificial materials, usually metal and high-density plastic. The Roper St. Francis Joint Replacement Center offers the latest advances in joint replacement surgery, such as hip resurfacing and reverse shoulder replacement, in order to get you back to the life you love faster and with less pain.
What to Expect with a Joint Replacement
Successful joint replacement surgery and recovery requires active participation from the patient. The Roper St. Francis Joint Replacement Center is committed to positive outcomes and makes every effort to educate our patients prior to surgery so they can understand what happens before, during and after the joint replacement procedure.
Before surgery, patients are given instructions on what to do before surgery, what to expect during their hospital stay and how to care for themselves when they are discharged. It includes instructions for strength-building exercises to do before and after surgery, post-operative precautions, as well as what patients can expect from their new joint.
Following surgery, inpatient rehabilitation plays a vital role in a patient's full recovery. Generally, the patient is discharged on the second or third day following surgery and almost all of our patients are discharged directly to home. Occasionally, the patient's orthopaedic team may recommend further rehabilitation or suggest the patient be moved to a skilled nursing facility.