After surgery, you can expect your recovery, or return to a normal lifestyle, will take several weeks depending on the procedure that was performed, your fitness level, and the amount of rehabilitative exercise you are able to handle
While still in the hospital, you will begin rehabilitation usually the day after your surgery. At Nanticoke you will experience Joint Camp.
What is Joint Camp?
Joint Camp at Nanticoke actually begins prior to your surgery with a pre-operative class. During this free patient education class you are given all the information you need to prepare for surgery, exercises to help you recover faster after surgery, and meet many of the people who will provide your care while you are in the hospital. You should bring your “coach” with you to the class. Your “coach” is a member of your family or your support person that will help care for you after surgery, once you return home.
The day after surgery, you will begin group therapy. Group therapy involves exercises, “mini-competitions” and other fun activities to help get you moving again. By doing therapy in a group setting, patients build friendships and have additional moral support from others also having surgery. Often, a little competition between patients arises and pushes patients to get moving more quickly.
Another benefit of group therapy is that a patient’s coach gets to participate as well. This helps the coach learn and become more comfortable with the care a patient needs once he or she returns home. All rehabilitation services are provided for patients on the same floor as their patient room.
For more information about this class, download our brochure (PDF) or
call the Orthopedic Nurse Liaison at 302-629-6611 x5105.
Learn more about Joint Camp from our Orthopedic Program Director:
Follow Up Call Post-Discharge
Patients having knee or hip replacement surgery will receive a follow up phone call after they have been discharged from the hospital. The call will be made by a member of the orthopedic team to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have.