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After Surgery

Post-operative therapy begins in the hospital and continues after you return home. Because most patients experience some pain immediately following surgery, our team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses and therapists has developed a pain management regime using national best practice standards to help control pain. Some discomfort is expected during the recovery phase. Pain control is an important part of recovery and allows rehabilitation to begin as quickly as possible after surgery. Proper pain management improves mobility and enables patients to participate in therapy and daily care activities, thereby resulting in a faster recovery period. On average, joint replacement surgery patients are hospitalized for three to four days. A highly qualified team of nurses, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and pharmacists work with you, your surgeon, and the Total Joint Center manager to keep you comfortable and progressing toward your goals. The Total Joint Center manager will make sure that plans for your continued recovery are communicated to other providers before, during and after your discharge.


Before you arrive at the hospital for surgery, the Total Joint Center manager will make sure everything is in place for your rehabilitation. You probably will seek outpatient physical therapy at an affiliated site or in your own home with a home care service. We have shared our treatment philosophies and procedures with facilities within and outside the Columbia area. We will guide you toward providers who understand our methods and will work with you to achieve optimal joint function. While in the hospital, patients walk in the hallway as part of their physical therapy routine. Historic Columbia Walking Tour medallions are placed at 25 foot intervals in the halls so patients can chart their progress. At each marker there is a framed photo of one of Columbia's historic landmarks with a descriptive caption. Images were provided by Historic Columbia Foundation.

The Total Joint Center manager is an excellent resource for you throughout your recovery and will work with you to arrange any additional services you may need. Working as your personal partner, the Total Joint Center manager will help you complete questionnaires about how you are doing before and after surgery and, following recovery, if you wish, assist you in participating in Tour Guides, our joint replacement surgery volunteer program that allows you to help others who are undergoing joint replacement surgery.

Palmetto Health Richland's Total Joint Center offers a joint replacement program designed to meet all of your needs, from pre-operative information through surgery and follow-up rehabilitation, always keeping your care, comfort and convenience as our primary goal.

Group Rehab

Group exercise classes are held twice daily on the Total Joint Center floor. Our experience has shown that twice-daily rehab, as opposed to the conventional once-a-day regimen, actually makes recovery easier. The classes focus on education related to anticoagulant therapy, home health care and daily activities including getting in and out of the bed, bathroom, shower and car.