32BJ Joint Replacement Programs
Welcome 32BJ members! We are proud to serve you in this unique collaboration to provide 32BJ with Mount Sinai’s state-of-the-art orthopedic services. We hope you find this website informative as you prepare for your surgery. If you have any questions, please contact us or your 32BJ Service Representative.
We know that surgery, especially hip and knee joint replacement, can be stressful for patients and families. Our team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and other caregivers combines clinical expertise and cutting-edge technologies in order to minimize pain, shorten recovery time, and achieve the best possible long-term outcome.
The 32B Joint Replacement Program, developed in partnership with Mount Sinai, 32BJ, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, was designed to provide each patient with an individualized coordinated plan of care to support patients before, during, and after surgery.
Before Your Surgery
Prior to surgery, you will meet with your orthopedic surgeon to discuss your surgery. If you or a member of your family has specific questions about the surgery, please bring them to this appointment so that your surgeon can answer them.
Once your surgery has been planned, the clinical team will schedule you for pre-operative testing. This testing takes places several weeks before your surgery, and can include the following tests: electrocardiogram, x-rays, and/or several blood tests.
We would like to remind you to arrange for a friend or family member to assist you home from surgery. If you think you may need more help than a friend or a family can provide, please contact your 32BJ representative at 866-230-3225.
We ask all patients to participate in a patient education program, called “Joint School,” two weeks before surgery. We offer this program at all of our Health System sites, and recommend that you attend the classes at the hospital site where you’ll be having surgery. This class will help you:
• Learn more about your surgery, pain management, and recovery
• Meet with care team members and ask questions
• Undergo any necessary pre-surgical screening and testing
We invite your primary contact person to join you at Joint School. If your contact is unable to attend, please remember to bring that person’s telephone number to the hospital on the day of surgery.
Your Hospital Stay
On the day of surgery, you report to the hospital registration desk. From there, you will meet with your anesthesiologist and surgeon before being brought to the operating room. Joint replacement surgery usually takes several hours during which time you receive either local or general anesthesia.
After surgery, we will monitor you closely in the recovery room, also called the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, for a few hours. We ask your family and friends to remain in the waiting area, where we’ll give them updates on your progress. Once you have recovered from the anesthesia, we will transfer you to your room and let your family and friends know where you’ll be. Most patients stay in the hospital for two days after joint replacement surgery.
Your surgeon and health care team will develop a personalized activity program to suit your specific recovery needs. While you’re in the hospital, a physical therapist will visit you and help you with your exercises. Then, before you leave, we’ll create a personalized plan for discharge and recovery.
Your Personal Care Team
When you undergo a joint replacement, you will have a personal care team to coordinate your care throughout the surgical and recovery process. Your personal care team will:
- Meet with you during your hospital stay to build a customized plan for your recovery
- Help address any questions you may have and assist in your transition home
- Continue to be available to you by phone or email for 30 days after you go home
Leaving the Hospital
After about two days in the hospital, you will be discharged home, unless the medical team recommends otherwise. The hospital will arrange for home health services in the home, such as: physical therapy, nursing and/or a home health aide.
Recovery at Home
We will call within 48 hours of your return home to check on you, to make sure all the services you need are in place, and to answer any questions you might have. You will continue with physical therapy, either in your own home with a visiting physical therapist, or in a physical therapy center.
You can expect to schedule a post-operative follow-up office appointment with your surgeon approximately two weeks after surgery.