Over the past few years, a lot of things have changed about getting a hip or knee replacement—including the amount of time that you will spend in the hospital! According to the Center for Disease Control, ten years ago, the average patient hospital stay for a hip replacement was nearly five days. Now when you choose to have your hip or knee replacement surgery at Herrin Hospital’s Joint Camp, the average length of time that you can expect to spend in the hospital is only about two days!
So What Has Changed?
Advancements in Surgical Methods
Over time, there have been advancements in medical technology and refining of surgical methods that have benefited the patient.
One example is the anterior hip replacement.
Rehabilitation Begins Shortly After Surgery
Another improvement is that rehabilitation starts shortly after surgery. A study shows that beginning physical therapy for both knee and hip replacement patients as soon as the same day of surgery can benefit your recovery and reduce potential issues such as stiffness and swelling.
So shortly after surgery, you will receive physical and occupational therapy from a team of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) trained therapists. The team reviews exercises that will assist you with your recovery from surgery. Therapists will also provide you with useful tips for everyday activities—covering everything from safely entering and exiting a car, to laying and raising from a bed.
Care After You Leave the Hospital
Most folks aren’t ready to run a marathon upon leaving the hospital. Instead there are several recuperative options available to you while you work to regain you strength and get back to the things you love!
During your stay at the hospital, case managers will talk with you and assist you in setting up your care for when you leave the hospital. Depending on your specific needs, there are several options available to you including the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Herrin Hospital, the Swing Bed program at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital and outpatient rehabilitation through Rehab Unlimited. In fact, our Joint Camp has the ability to preschedule outpatient therapy appointments even before you have your procedure!
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