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Joint Replacement FAQs

Patient participating in therapy with the help of her nurseThe Hip and Knee Replacement Program at Genesys (or “Joint Camp” as our patients call it), is one of the first programs in Michigan to recognize that joint replacement surgery is a healing process, not just an episode of treatment. From extensive pre-operative education of the patient and family, to post-operative care and follow-up, the Genesys Joint Camp is the area leader in joint replacement procedures. Genesys understands this type of care requires its own dedicated staff and setting. The Genesys Joint Camp is located in its own area on the orthopedic unit and is supported by a team of dedicated joint replacement specialists including the nursing care team, orthopedic technician, and a crew of physical and occupational therapists. Care progresses through a group format, which focuses on wellness through intensive therapy and goal accomplishment. Using this program, patients have shown to have better outcomes with shorter hospital stays, with 99 percent of patients having said they would recommend the program to others.

What are the results of total joint replacement?
90-95% of patients achieve good to excellent results with relief of discomfort and significantly increased activity and mobility.

Am I too old for this surgery?
Age is not a problem, if you are in reasonable health and have the desire to continue living a productive, active life. You may be asked to see your personal physician for his/her opinion about your general health and readiness for surgery.

How long will I be incapacitated?
You will stay in bed the day of your surgery. However, the next morning you will get up, sit in a chair or recliner, and will walk with a walker. By the time you go home, you will be getting yourself up and down, walking 100 feet, and be able to perform your own personal care. You should talk with your surgeon before resuming other activities.

How long will I be in the hospital?
Most patients go home on the third day after surgery. There are several goals that you must achieve before you can be discharged.

How long does the surgery take?
We reserve approximately 2- 2.5 hours for surgery. Some of this time is taken by the operating room staff to prepare for surgery.

When will I be able to get back to work?
We recommend that most people take at least 2 months off from work, unless their jobs are quite sedentary and they can return to work with a walker or crutches. An occupational therapist can make recommendations for joint protection and energy conservation on the job.

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