Joint Replacement Program

You have made an important decision to undergo elective joint replacement surgery. Your decision will help you to regain quality of life and move you toward a healthier lifestyle.

Our comprehensive total joint replacement program includes the involvement of people who care about you – family and friends, surgeon, occupational and physical therapists, nurses, patient care technicians, case managers, program coordinator and many other team members. With their help, you will soon be on the road to a more active lifestyle.


  • Studies show that therapy prior to surgery helps you get back to your normal lifestyle faster. University Orthopaedic’s total joint replacement program includes “prehabilitation,” featuring occupational and physical therapists that will assess your individual needs prior to surgery. You will receive instructions on exercises to strengthen your arms and legs and instructions for assistive equipment such as walkers and devices for dressing, as well as any necessary precautions.
  • Select a family member or friend to be your “coach” throughout the entire replacement process. He or she will take an active role in your pre-surgery activities, hospital stay and at-home recovery.
  • Plan to be in the hospital two to three days. You will be discharged when your physician deems you medically ready and when you have been cleared by therapy.


  • Day of surgery – You'll be admitted to the hospital early in the morning. You will be moved to a room on the fifth floor after your surgery. Therapy begins the same day as your surgery.
  • Day 1 following surgery – Your first morning therapy session will be in your room; all others will be held in the group therapy gym. Once the afternoon session is over, be prepared to use the skills learned to walk back to our room. A member of our coordinated care team will meet with you to plan your individual discharge needs.
  • Day 2 following surgery – IV fluids will be discontinued and any nerve blocks will be removed. Therapy will be held twice a day in the gym to reinforce all you have learned.
  • Day 3 following surgery, and discharge – Therapy is conducted that day prior to your discharge. Activities include stair climbing and home safety tips. Discharge plan will be finalized. Before you leave, you will be given written instructions on medications, therapy activity, contact number and a follow-up appointment.


  • Week 1-2 – Perform home exercises two to three days a day and walk at least 200 feet twice a day. Gradually resume daily activities.
  • Week 3-4 – Continue doing home exercises as directed by your therapist. Exercise is the fastest way to achieve the best outcomes. Walk at least 400 feet a day, and continue to increase your daily activities.

Check with your care team before you swim, get in a whirlpool, drive or ride a bicycle.

Traveling with implants

If you have a medical implant or device and plan to fly, be aware of the latest screening and security requirements passengers must undergo to board an airplane. Before you pack your bags, read the latest information from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about travelling with medical devices or conditions.

Questions or concerns?

We are only a phone call away. For appointments, call (601) 925-2245. For medication refills, call the UMMC pharmacy that you normally use: UP Pavilion, (601) 815-7682; UP-Grants Ferry, (601) 815-0600; or Jackson Medical Mall, (601) 984-4190. For general questions about the total joint replacement program, call (601) 815-2589.

Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 Monday-Friday. If you should get a recording, leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

An orthopaedic resident is on call for the UMMC emergency room 24 hours a day, seven days a week.