Most procedures last from one to three hours, and in most cases patients head home four days after surgery. The longevity of new joints is difficult to determine, but at Valley, we’ve been performing joint replacements since 1972, and we know many of our first patients still have their original prosthesis. With the improvements made since then in materials and techniques, the outlook is excellent that your joint replacement will last a long time.
Your therapy begins in the hospital and continues after you go home. Physical and occupational therapists will help you regain mobility and teach you some simple tricks for dressing and other daily activities that may need to be modified with your new joint. On the fourth day after surgery you should be ready to go home. Your case manager will make sure everything's in place for a home care nurse and physical therapist to continue overseeing your recovery.
It’ll take you some time to feel totally at ease with your new joint. Valley will be there with you all the way, helping to make the adjustment smooth. A nurse will visit you several times a week for several weeks following your surgery — just to check and make sure everything's fine. A physical therapist will also visit, helping you increase your strength and mobility. Your case manager will continue coordinating your care, including follow-up visits with your orthopedic surgeon and other services you may need.
Whether you've decided on joint replacement, or you’re still exploring it as an option, your first step is to make an appointment to find out more. Simply call 1-800-VALLEY 1 and we'll provide you with a list of orthopedic surgeons associated with the center.