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Before You Come to the Hospital

  • About the Center for Joint SurgeryAbout the Center for Joint SurgeryMore>>

  • Your Orthopaedic Surgical Team

    Your Orthopaedic Surgical Team

    All Center physicians are board eligible or certified in orthopaedics and have perfected joint replacement procedures. Meet Dr. Eric Bontempo, Dr. Thomas Beck and Dr. Philip Spinuzza. More
    All Center physicians are board eligible or certified in orthopaedics and have perfected joint replacement procedures. Meet Dr. Eric Bontempo, Dr. Thomas Beck and Dr. Philip Spinuzza. More
  • AGH Celebrates One Year of Specialized Joint Surgery

    AGH Celebrates One Year of Specialized Joint Surgery

    Atlantic General's Center for Joint Surgery is a specialized in-patient unit dedicated to caring for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, fracture repair surgery and other orthopaedic procedures.More
    In November 2004, Atlantic General Hospital celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Center for Joint Surgery. Atlantic General's Center for Joint Surgery is a specialized in-patient unit dedicated to caring for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, fracture repair surgery and other orthopaedic procedures.More
  • Put Your Trust in Excellence

    Put Your Trust in Excellence

    Our program is designed to prepare patients for surgery and support them throughout the entire recovery process. The procedures available at Atlantic General Hospital meet the highest standards.More
    Our program is designed to prepare patients for surgery and support them throughout the entire recovery process. Orthopaedic Surgical Procedures available at Atlantic General Hospital include: total hip replacement, total knee replacement, total shoulder replacement, revision of total knee replacements, fracture repair, reconstructive knee surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, and so much more. More

You need to be an active participant in your rehabilitation program, beginning even before this surgery. Mental preparation is a must, and understanding the importance of patient involvement and commitment.

  • You may be asked to donate your blood for the surgery. If a donation is required, the office staff will give forms to you. You will then need to make an appointment with the blood bank to make your donation.

  • You will be asked to have pre-surgical testing completed approximately 14 days prior to surgery. A checklist will be given to you at the physician's office, after you have signed a surgical consent.

  • Before your surgery the staff will make an appointment for you to tour the center and discuss any concerns.

  • Unless you are directed otherwise, continue to take medications already prescribed by your own physician.

  • Prepare for your return home from the hospital. You should plan on staying in the hospital for approximately 3-4 days, although this could vary if there are any significant medical conditions that need to be taken into consideration. Some patients may be referred to a local inpatient rehabilitation facility for further therapy.

  • Make an appointment to see the physical therapist for your pre-operative visit and exercises, if ordered by your physician.

  • Before your surgery, the staff will ensure you have been seen by your family physician, who will review and/or perform any necessary diagnostic testing and provide medical clearance for the surgical procedure. Testing may include blood work, an EKG, and a chest X-ray.

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight on the night before your surgery unless otherwise instructed.

  • The office staff will inform you of your surgical date and team. When you arrive at the hospital, use the main entrance and check in at the main desk.

  • Prepare a list of all your current medications and their dosages so that the correct medications can be ordered for you while you are in the hospital.

  • Remove any throw rugs and prepare a room on the main floor of your home for sleeping if you normally sleep upstairs.

  • After surgery, you may take a shower when directed by your physician, but no tub baths! Please arrange for a sturdy shower chair for use after discharge.

  • Arrange for help. You won't be able to drive for three to six weeks after joint replacement. If you live alone, ask someone to stay with you for a few days after discharge from the hospital.

    Be sure you understand all preoperative instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your surgeon.

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