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Frequently Asked Questions About Joint Replacement

Do I Need Surgery?

If your hip or knee pain is severely limiting your activities of daily living, and all conservative measures such as physical therapy, medications and injections have proven ineffective, it may be time for you to consider a joint replacement.

What is the Next Step?

Get an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon who will decide if joint replacement is the best option for you. If your doctor decides that surgery is the safe and appropriate option, you will then be scheduled for the procedure and for the Joints in Motion education class.

Is Surgery Safe for Me?

Once you have been evaluated by an Orthopedic Surgeon and told that joint replacement is the safe and appropriate option for you, you then have to be seen by your Primary Care Physician. Your Primary Care Physician will medically optimize you for surgery. If you have a medical condition such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood Pressure
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Obesity
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Sleep Apnea

You must be seen by the specialist that is treating you. Our main concern is your safety and well being.

How Long Will I be in the Hospital?

The vast majority of our patients are able to go home from the hospital after one to two days. With our team approach to patient recovery, your transition for recovery in the comfort of your own home will be effortless and stress-free. NYU Winthrop’s Home Health team will start care within 24 hours from your discharge date.

How Will My Care Be Coordinated?

A nurse coordinator is available to help you transition through each stage of your care. Working closely with your physician and a home care nurse, your nurse coordinator will create a comprehensive discharge plan tailored specifically to you and your needs ensuring you receive the care you need to get you through the recovery process. Throughout the process, you can contact your nurse coordinator with any questions you have regarding your care.

When Should I Call My Care Team?

  • You do not understand something about your discharge instructions or plan of care
  • You have concerns about your health
  • Any Emergency Room visits or re-hospitalizations
  • You have a question or problem with your medications
  • You or your family need guidance regarding choosing a rehabilitation center
  • You need someone to advocate for you at the rehabilitation center
  • Any increase in pain, swelling or redness at the surgical site