Joint Replacement

Count on expert orthopedic surgeons at Wayne UNC Health Care to help alleviate your hip, knee, and shoulder pain with joint replacement surgery.

How Joint Replacement Helps

Joint replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of the joint and replaces them with new, artificial parts. Replacing a joint can reduce pain and help you move and feel better if you have conditions such as severe arthritis.

Joint Replacement Procedures

Find joint replacement surgeries at Wayne UNC, including:

Dedicated Orthopedic Nurse Navigator

Lean on your Wayne UNC nurse navigator for guidance before and after your surgery for:

  • Screening assessment to determine if you’re a candidate for joint replacement surgery
  • Information and educational materials about your condition and surgery
  • Answers to your orthopedic questions
  • Support to help you decide whether to have joint replacement surgery
  • Follow-up hospital visits after your surgery to coordinate your care
  • Post-surgery check in and assessment calls

Prepare for Surgery with Total Joint Class

Before your surgery, attend a total joint class at Wayne UNC. When your surgeon schedules your surgery, you’ll sign up for the next class. You’ll learn how to prepare for surgery and what to expect after your surgery.

Want to preview the information that we'll discuss in our class? Download the training guide below.

Wayne UNC Total Hip Training Guide

Wayne UNC Total Knee Training Guide

Wayne UNC Total Shoulder Training Guide

Exercise Before Surgery

Get ready for joint replacement surgery by taking part in prehabilitation (prehab) with our rehabilitation services team at Wayne UNC. During prehab, you’ll do simple exercises to gain strength and range of motion. This may help you recover more quickly after surgery.

What to Expect

Prepare to stay up to two days at the hospital after surgery. You’ll get help from a physical therapist to start moving again. Prior to discharge, our physical therapy team will show you how to get in and out of a vehicle, move up and down stairs and return to activities of daily living.

Recovery After Joint Replacement Surgery

After your hip, knee, or shoulder replacement procedure, you’ll need physical therapy for six weeks or more. You will have have physical therapy in your home for the first two weeks after surgery, then transition to outpatient physical therapy.

Your nurse navigator will follow up with you over the phone a few days after surgery. Six months after your surgery, you’ll receive a post-assessment over the phone. You can call your nurse navigator at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery.

Contact Nurse Navigator

Talk to our orthopedic nurse navigator at Wayne UNC Health Care to learn more about joint replacement surgery. Call 919-587-4141.

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