It’s a session run by the clinical team to help you prepare and learn more about your hip replacement surgery or knee replacement surgery. We recommend attending joint school a few weeks before your operation. We’ll book your joint school session when we arrange your surgery date.
During the session you’ll meet other hip or knee replacement patients. You’re welcome to bring a relative or carer with you so that they can support you at home after your operation.
You should attend joint school even if you have already had hip or knee replacement surgery.
You’ll find out how to use crutches, especially on stairs so that you can move confidently when you return home.
We’ll also show you how to manage everyday tasks including:
You’ll find out how to do these tasks without bending or twisting. It’s important to familiarise yourself with these new techniques before your operation so that you can speed up and maximise your recovery time.
Your feedback is really important to us. Ask your care team for a ‘friends and family form’ at the end of your joint school session, or you can fill it in online. In the box labelled ‘ward’, scroll down and choose ‘SMH Joint School.’