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How to Prepare for Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery

Enhance your outcome of joint replacement surgery by participating in the preparation program at Cone Health. Learn how to get yourself, your family, and your home ready, and tour the hospital orthopedic unit where you’ll recover after surgery.

Take a Pre-Op Class

Joints in Motion FlyerAttend a free class that prepares you for knee or hip replacement surgery. Invite a relative or friend, who will learn how to help care for you during recovery.

Attend class at the location most convenient for you:

  • Joint Works is offered at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
  • Joints in Motion is offered at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation – Reidsville. For detailed class location and parking information, download our class flyer [PDF].

For more information on our classes:

  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital or Wesley Long Hospital: Call 336-832-7395
  • Annie Penn Hospital: Call 336-951-4812
  • Alamance Regional: Speak with your surgical team

Choose a Caregiver

One of the most important steps you can take is arranging for someone to stay with you for one to three weeks after you return home from surgery. This person can help you with everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, preparing meals and getting to doctor visits.

Prepare Your Home

Before leaving for the hospital, remove rugs, clutter, electrical cords and other trip hazards from floors and stairs in your home. Put frequently used kitchen utensils and personal items in easy reach. Make and freeze meals in advance for easy breakfasts, lunches and dinners during recovery. And make sure you have a high, firm chair with armrests to help you sit and stand.

Prepare Yourself

You’ll learn quick, easy exercises to perform several times a day in the weeks before surgery to tone muscles and speed healing. Ask your orthopedic doctor if you should stop taking any medications or supplements—especially blood thinners or over-the-counter pain relievers. If you smoke, talk to your physician about nicotine patches or other tobacco-free alternatives. You may not smoke at the hospital.

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Learn More

Download our free guide to total joint replacement [PDF] for detailed information about preparing for and recovering after surgery.

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