Your Guide to Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Your Guide to Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Main Line Health performs approximately 3,800 hip and knee replacement surgeries annually at our four hospitals: Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital.

We want you to have everything you need to be as comfortable as possible on your day of surgery. It's also important to plan and prepare in the days leading up to surgery and to know what to expect when you get home.

This book will help you:

  • Mentally and physically prepare for surgery
  • Know what to expect at the hospital and during your stay
  • Plan for at-home assistance and rehabilitation

Thank you for choosing Main Line Health for joint replacement surgery.

Download our guide to joint replacement surgery at Main Line Health (PDF)

Before surgery

Learn about the pre-admission testing you'll need, pre-op considerations you make, and the exercises you can do to prepare for surgery. You'll also want to consider what you should and shouldn't bring to the hospital and what you'll need to do the night before in preparation.

Learn more about preparing for surgery

Your hospital stay

Learn about what will happen upon your arrival to the hospital, surgery prep, post-surgery and what will happen once you're in your room.

Learn more about your hospital stay

At-home tips

Here we'll give you tips on many topics, from sitting and walking after surgery, to pain relief and infection prevention during recovery.

Learn more about at-home tips

At-home how-to

Here we'll explain and illustrate some respiratory exercises and activities of daily living to help you get back on your feet safely and comfortably after surgery.

Learn more about after surgery at-home exercises

Postoperative care team

Learn about the team of health care providers that will work with you during and after your stay with us for your joint replacement.

Learn more about your care team

Commonly asked questions

Here we'll answer many of the frequently asked questions about joint replacement surgery at Main Line Health.

Read some of the commonly asked questions