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
Attend 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.
All classes have the similar content and last approximately 60 minutes. Registration is NOT required.
- Joints in Motion : Greensboro and Reidsville areas
- Cone Health: Northwood
- Annie Penn Hospital Short Stay Waiting Room
- Joint Works : Alamance area
- Alamance Regional Medical Center
For more information on classes:
- View dates and times for our free pre-op joint replacement classes.
- Download the brochure with class times and locations in Greensboro and Reidsville.
- For Greensboro and Reidsville: Call the prerecorded information line at 336-832-7395. This line will have cancellation announcements if inclement weather, and information for the following class locations: Northwood and Annie Penn Hospital Short Stay Waiting Room.
- For 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.
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.