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    Preparing for Discharge after Joint Replacement Surgery

    Today total joint replacements have become routine surgical procedures with reliable and predictable results. While the length of your hospital stay may vary depending on your individual medical needs, the basic process remains the same and you should anticipate being discharged on the third day of your hospitalization.

    Case Manager

    Your case manager is your advocate during the discharge process. Their goal is to help you return to normal life as safely and comfortably as possible. Your case manager will guide you through any questions you have about insurance, service selection, and much more. Please share any concerns you have about your care with them.
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    Home Health Services

    If there is a medical need based on your nurse’s or therapist’s evaluation, your doctor may recommend home health services. An attendant care agency can provide help with meals, dressing, bathing, transport. Attendant care agencies are private pay. Your physician may order home health attendants for "intermittent skilled home health services".

    Please discuss whether you need in-home health care with your case manager, physical or occupational therapist or doctor.

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    Medical Equipment

    If you require in-home medical equipment such as a walker, cane or three-in-one commode, there are several providers to choose from. To qualify for full insurance coverage for new equipment, previously purchased equipment must be at least five years old.

    A representative from the medical equipment company will meet or call you to discuss the recommended equipment, co-pay requirements of your insurance carrier, schedule delivery of the equipment and answer any questions you may have.

    Please discuss any in-home medical equipment needs you may have with your case manager and doctor as soon as possible to ensure these items are available at the time of discharge.

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    Discharge Day

    The day of your discharge involves several very important health checks. You will need to be seen by both the surgeon and the attending doctor before you leave the hospital. Please allow enough time for this important process that is critical to your health and safety after surgery.

    You will be kept informed of any delays with your discharge day process.

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