Joint school

What is joint school?

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.

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What are the benefits?

You’ll find out what to expect and how to maximise your recovery. It will help you leave hospital more quickly after your operation.

You should attend joint school even if you have already had hip or knee replacement surgery.

What will happen?

The clinical team will explain what will happen before, during and after your stay in hospital. It’s really important that you understand what to expect and how to recover so please ask as many questions as you need to.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn exercises that will help speed up your recovery. If they’re not too painful, you should start them before your operation to help strengthen your muscles.

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:

  • getting dressed.
  • getting in and out of bed.
  • getting in and out of a car.

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.

Tell us about your experience at joint school

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.’

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