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After a joint replacement, your mobility will be limited for several weeks as your body recovers. Some patients may prefer to recuperate at an in-patient rehabilitation center, but many prefer the comforts of home. For most patients, recovering at home after joint replacement surgery is possible as long as you don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions that need to be monitored and you have someone who can stay with you. You’ll also need to be able to negotiate stairs before being cleared to leave the hospital.
If you do plan to return home immediately after surgery, it’s a good idea to fall-proof your house. That includes:
Once you’re at home, you’ll also want to be mindful of the way you move around to prevent falls and injuries. Best practices include:
Steven Clemson is a physical therapist who works at Coordinated Health’s Hazleton location.