Before Joint Replacement Surgery

Pre-Op Exercises

During Joint Camp Orientation, the physical therapist will provide you with a list of exercises. Practicing these BEFORE your surgery can help you best prepare for your recovery after surgery.

Preparing for Your Surgery & Post-Discharge Care

Before your surgery:

  • Attend complimentary Joint Camp orientation class (optional)
    • Register here for orientation class
      (dates are listed at the bottom of the orientation class page)
    • Patients who attend Joint Camp Orientation prior to surgery typically have a much better experience than those who do not.
    • Joint Camp Orientation class is held every Monday morning and every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Medical Mall Wellness Center classroom. Free parking is available at the Medical Mall. Report to the Wellness Center front desk in the center of the Medical Mall. A staff member will greet you and direct you to the class.
  • Begin discussing your discharge plans with family and friends. Information will be provided at orientation about equipment needed, therapy and household arrangements.
  • If you take arthritis/anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinner medication or aspirin, notify the physician that prescribed the blood thinner that you are having joint surgery. This will ensure coordination between physicians.
  • Practice cough and deep breathing exercises.
  • Practice your total joint exercises as instructed by the physical therapist during orientation.
  • Complete a home safety assessment. Information will be provided during in orientation.
  • Follow the Anesthesia Fasting Guidelines about eating or drinking before surgery. Most home medications can be taken with a sip of water the morning of surgery, but some specific medications should not be taken. Medication instructions for morning of surgery will be discussed at your Pre-Admission appointment. Blood thinners need to be discussed with your surgeon. View guidelines here.
  • No makeup, jewelry, hairpins or nail polish should be worn on the morning of your surgery. Leave all valuables and cash at home.
  • Shower with the special soap (CHG) you received during your Pre-Admission Testing Appointment. View CHG shower instructions.
  • Call the Joint Camp manager at (256) 265-8343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.