Recovery is an important part of the Joint Care experience. Being aware of your discharge options and developing a discharge plan before you are hospitalized is very important. On average, most knee and hip replacement patients are in the hospital for three days. Shoulder replacement patients typically stay for two days. That means patients do not have much time during their hospitalization to develop a discharge plan. It is important that you participate in Joint Care Orientation so you can hear your options for discharge. Keep in mind that the type of insurance you have plays a role in what options are available to you for physical therapy following surgery.
Home health physical therapy
Home exercise program
Outpatient physical therapy
Inpatient rehabilitation facility for a short time
The clinical education specialist will discuss these options in more detail at Joint Care Orientation. It is strongly recommended that you have a second choice or plan for therapy in the event your first choice is not available due to insurance restrictions or lack of bed space at an inpatient rehab facility. Remember to plan ahead.