Evarts Joint Center

Common Questions: Before Surgery

What are the major risks to joint surgery?

Most surgeries go well without any issues, but infection and blood clots are two possible complications. Your care team will share exercises, medications and other treatments with you that help prevent these complications.

Should I exercise before my joint replacement?

You should definitely exercise if you are able. You should contact your surgeon with specific questions about exercise and can also receive a special sheet to guide you through a personal exercise program.

How long will I be in the hospital?

The average length of stay in the hospital is 3 days.

Do you offer pre-operative classes?

The Evarts Joint Center conducts bi-monthly, 90-minute joint classes for patients who will be having joint replacement surgery. Attendance is very important as the class will prepare you for a smooth experience in the hospital and to do your part after discharge to ensure a full recovery. We encourage family members and caregivers to attend as well.

To sign up for class or to ask questions about the class, call (585) 784-2966.

You'll find out about:

  • The mechanics of the joint
  • The joint replacement procedure
  • How to prepare for surgery
  • Anesthesia options
  • Your hospital stay
  • Pain management
  • The recovery process
  • Rehabilitation options
  • Equipment you may need after surgery

You'll meet the physical therapist, occupational therapist and social worker you'll be working with. There will be plenty of time for questions; plus, when you leave the class, you'll receive a business card with contact numbers to use if you have questions after you've left the session.


Call Us (585) 784-2966

Evarts Joint Center
Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

(585) 784-2966

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