While you’re in the hospital

Your operation is finally over and your new artificial knee or hip joint is finally in place. There are two stages of recovery from joint replacement surgery:

Recovering from the operation itself 
This usually takes a day or two, as long as there are no complications or other health problems. During this time, your Care Team will watch you closely. This includes making sure your blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen levels and temperature stay normal, and that you are able to eat, drink and use the bathroom. They will also make sure your pain is being controlled and take steps to prevent certain complications.

Starting to use your new joint properly
This means learning how you should – and shouldn’t – move, even while you’re still in bed. Your therapists will explain the “do’s and don’ts” which are known as “precautions” Here’s what you should know about how to protect your new joint:

Precautions after knee replacement surgery
Precautions after hip replacement surgery

The First 24 Hours
The First 24 Hours

Things to know within 24 hours of your surgery.

Pain Relief
Pain Relief

What are your options?

Preventing Blood Clots
Preventing Blood Clots

Knee and hip replacement surgery can increase your chance of developing blood clots. Learn how to reduce your risk.

Preventing Infection after Surgery
Preventing Infection after Surgery

Antibiotics, incision care, and more.

Starting Your Therapy
Starting Your Therapy

Get moving with these rehabilitation exercises.

Getting Ready for Rehabilitation
Getting Ready for Rehabilitation

What to expect from your rehabilitation regimen.