Once a patient decides to have joint replacement, they are provided with a case manager. He or she will act as your advocate, coordinating all aspects of care. The case manager answers all questions and makes sure patients receive all the appropriate information and services.
In the weeks before surgery, the case manager will schedule several important visits for the patient. The patient meets with all the professionals on the medical team including the surgeon, anesthesiologist, therapists, home care staff and others. The patient also undergoes some routine tests to make sure they are in good shape for surgery.