University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
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Programs and Services

Total Joint Replacement

Answers to Common Postoperative Questions

After going home from the hospital or rehabilitation center, many patients have questions. The following list provides the answers to some commonly asked questions.

  • The white support stockings are to be worn for at least two weeks from the date of surgery or longer if you are having swelling of the operated leg. These are to be put on first thing in the morning after bathing and removed at bedtime.
  • You need to call and schedule a follow-up appointment as instructed by your doctor.
  • If you run out of pain medication, call your physician's office with your pharmacy number and another prescription will be called in for you.
  • You will be visited at home usually three times a week by a physical therapist who will continue your exercise program. Once you are independent, your home therapy will be discontinued. You are to continue your exercise program daily. Please contact your physician for a referral to our outpatient physical therapy if needed.
  • When bathing, make sure someone is with you for assistance. You may want to use a shower chair. Pat your incision line dry.
  • If you have any further questions, please call your physician's office.
  • Call your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms:
    • fever
    • drainage from the incision
    • redness or swelling around the incision
    • calf pain or swelling
    • chest pain, congestion, difficulty breathing
    • increase in pain to the affected joint.