Joint Replacement Program
Arnot Health Total Joint Advantage Program uses a comprehensive and innovative "well model" for people undergoing joint replacement. This unique program, a combination of the most effective, successful practices in the field of joint replacement, and some new innovations, has most people walking out of the hospital in only two short days.
Our expert staff has you covered, from diagnosis through rehab, and every step in between.
If you suffer from hip or knee pain, make an appointment with one of our orthopedists to take the first steps towards recovery. Call 607-734-4110 and choose option 1, to schedule an appointment at the Horseheads or Elmira, NY offices.
Pre-procedure Education Course
Before your joint replacement a pre-procedure education course, taught by a team of expert therapists, nurses and case managers, will help you prepare for the coming challenges of joint replacement surgery. Your joint class will give you detailed information about your procedure, familiarize you with the steps you will follow through surgery and recovery, and give you advance knowledge of important rehabilitation exercises that will help you recover faster after your joint replacement.
We encourage anyone undergoing joint replacement to bring a family member or support person to joint education class.
Pre-procedure Education Curriculum
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation planning, including early mobilization, exercises and ambulation with assistive devices
- Detailed, step-by-step information about your actual procedure and recovery
- Discharge planning
- Pain management options
- Medication management
- Incision management
- Activities of daily living management
And of course, there will be plenty of time to ask any questions you still have about undergoing joint replacement. We will also make sure you are familiar with our facilities, including the physical therapy pool and our rehabilitation gym.
Rooms for those undergoing joint replacement are comfortable and private, and equipped to facilitate movement and speedy recovery. In-room sleeping space is available for a family member or support person to be with you throughout your stay.
Bring Your Favorite Comfortable Clothes
Because you aren't sick, there's no need for a hospital gown. We want you to be comfortable, when you are recovering in your room on our Orthopedic Unit, or while you are becoming accustomed to your new joint in our special joint replacement gym.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
Day Of Procedure: Our staff will have you up and out of bed the same day you have your procedure, so your recovery and rehabilitation can begin immediately. Some hip replacement patients are even able to go home the same day of their procedure.
Day Two: The day after your procedure, daily physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions take place in our group gym. Daily sessions have been shown to be much more effective than traditional once-a-day rehabilitation, and actually make your recovery easier! Most patients are able to be discharged home or to a rehab facility the day after surgery; less than 5% of our patients stay two full days.
Evenings: Our specially trained Orthopedic Unit staff will continue to work with you in the evening, so your progress continues smoothly around the clock, until discharge.
Friends and Family Helping You Heal
A support person is encouraged to join you for all of the aspects of your replacement, beginning with attending your pre-operative education class through joining you as you work in the group rehabilitation sessions.
Comfortable waiting and continual update for your family and friends during your procedure are provided. Afterward, your support person may accompany you to group therapy sessions to provide support and encouragement. We provide comfortable convertible sleeper chairs in our private joint replacement patient rooms, so someone can even spend the night.
Continuing Your Rehabilitation
If you require additional physical therapy after discharge, our convenient outpatient physical therapy locations in Elmira, Horseheads, and Bath NY provide easy access to caring, continued physical therapy and specialized post-operative care. All facilities offer full rehabilitation capabilities staffed by our physical, occupational and rehabilitation therapists.