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Ask the Center for Joint Replacement Program Coordinator Archives

Q. How long do patients stay in the hospital if they have a knee replacement?
A. Every patient is different, however, the average inpatient hospital stay is two nights.  Shorter lengths of stay are needed as surgical techniques and pain management continue to improve. New minimally invasive techniques used for joint replacement surgery and early patient mobilization have reduced the time needed in the hospital for most patients.

Q. My doctor has told me I need a hip replacement. Does insurance cover all the costs of this surgery?
A. Insurance plans vary, but for many people insurance does cover hip replacement surgery when needed. Preapproval for the procedure is often required, for both surgery and after care (such as home visits or physical therapy). The Joint Replacement Program at Greenwich Hospital has several case managers on staff who work with our patients to help them understand their insurance benefits and provide assistance with getting necessary authorizations. For more information, contact the Joint Replacement Program Coordinator at 203-863-3697.

Q. I am thinking of having knee replacement surgery. How long is the rehab for this?
A. Every patient is different but the average rehabilitation period for a knee replacement is between 4-6 months. Rehabilitation includes visits to a physical therapist as well as home exercises. As more patients are going directly home from the hospital with home care, we have social workers and nurses who are dedicated to ensuring a safe and effective recovery at home as well as in-patient rehab. These discharge planners deal with everything from equipment needed to transportation and insurance issues. For more information, contact the Joint Replacement Program Coordinator at 203-863-3697.

Q. What types of anesthesia are used for joint replacement surgery?
A. The anesthesia for hips and knees includes spinal anesthesia as well as a local nerve block and IV sedation. The patients are asleep during surgery. Shoulder replacement includes a nerve block and general anesthesia.

Our joint replacement class for patients planning for surgery is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn how to prepare for the surgery. See our Classes and Events section for the next scheduled class or call the Joint Replacement Program at 203-863-3697.