Preparing for surgery
Preparing for a total joint replacement includes many important steps, including making your home “user-friendly” when you return from the hospital or rehabilitation facility.
Visit your family physician or specialist
You will need to have a medical evaluation from your medical specialist or family physician prior to surgery. Remember: As soon as your surgery is scheduled you must see your cardiologist, specialist or family physician at least two to three weeks prior to your surgery.
Attend a free Virtua pre-surgical orientation class
Learn the details of preparing for surgery, the operation and rehabilitation. Meet other patients who are having a joint replacement. To sign up for a class or for times and locations, call 1-888-Virtua-3 (1-888-847-8823).
Required tests should be done two to three weeks before surgery to make sure that you are in the best possible health. The hospital’s pre-admission nurse will help you. Some tests your physician may order include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) to measure your heart’s electrical activity
- Chest x-ray to make sure your lungs are healthy
- Urinalysis to provide information about body chemistry and your kidneys
- Routine blood work for information about blood cells and body chemistry
Contact your insurance company
Review your individual policy coverage to discuss equipment, rehabilitation and hospital stays. We are committed to working within your insurance company’s requirements to make sure you receive all the care you need.
Contact your Virtua case management social worker
Discuss your discharge rehabilitation options with the case manager/social worker who acts as a liaison between you and the insurance company. The Case Management Department can be reached at the location you are having surgery:
- Marlton Hospital
- Memorial Hospital
(609) 267-0700 ext. 43270
- Virtua Joint Replacement Institute
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