8 Common Concerns About Recovering from Total Joint Replacement

If severe joint pain is preventing you from participating in your favorite activities, you owe it to yourself and your family to find out more about joint surgery. Orthopaedic surgeons only step in when the pain becomes too great to manage or all other options have been exhausted. Many experienced orthoapedics programs, including the Bon Secours orthopaedic surgery team, offer a comprehensive joint treatment program that includes an extensive home health services team.

Home health provides the best possible care for patients in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter about home health arrangements following a joint replacement surgery:

  1. Will my insurance covered these services?
    All insurance policies are different. An insurance authorization specialist can help you contact your insurance company. At the Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute, our authorization specialist will contact you regarding any co-pays and the number of authorized home care visits.
  2. When will I first be seen?
    A physical therapist or nurse will call you the day after your release from the hospital to set the time of your appointment. Home care can visit on weekends and holidays as well.
  3. How often/long will I be seen by home care?
    Typically, home care specialists follow a plan of treatment set by doctor’s orders. Your physician will determine the length of time you will need to be seen. Our highly skilled therapists will report your progress toward the goals set in your plan of treatment to your physician.
  4. What will the home care therapist do?
    Physical therapy and occupational therapy will teach you exercises to improve your condition and safety techniques to help you meet your post-operative goals, set in your plan of treatment.
  5. What are my limitations?
    Limitations will be set by your physician.
  6. When can I drive?
    You should discuss when you will be able to drive with your physician. If you are taking any narcotic medications, please refrain from driving for safety reasons.
  7. What if I am taking a blood thinner?
    1. Coumadin/Warfarin: A nurse will be assigned as your case manager. At Bon Secours a nurse obtains your bloodwork in the comfort of your home and immediately notifies your physician of the results. Your physician will then determine the dosage and the amount of time you will need Coumadin therapy.
    2. Lovenox: You should be taught at the hospital how to administer this medication. If you feel that you need further instructions for your nurse, you can advocate for more nursing visits from your insurance company.
  8. Will the nurse/therapist continue to see me when I start outpatient therapy?
    No, once you start outpatient therapy you are no longer considered “homebound” and you have graduated from home care. At Bon Secours we have multiple outpatient therapy clinics to meet your outpatient therapy needs. Your therapist can assist you with your transition from home care to outpatient therapy. (Visit bonsecoursinmotion.com for more information on the services available and a physical therapist near you.)

Considering Joint Replacement Surgery?
The Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute regularly hosts free community seminars on the lastest treatment options for hip, knee, and shoulder joint pain. We also offer free pre-operative classes designed to help those who are considering or have been approved for a joint replacement surgery. During the sessions, a member of our expert orthopaedic team offers information about various procedures and insight about what to expect during the hospital stay and recovery.

For more information about the joint and spine centers or to register for a joint replacement information session, please call us at 889-CARE (2273).

Speak Your Mind