Rapid Joint Recovery

Baylor Scott & White Health has an innovative and aggressive education program that helps joint replacement patients return home sooner — often three days post-op. Our coordinated care team combines early mobility with progressive rehabilitation and advanced pain management for rapid recovery.

Program Overview

Pre-op ClassPre-op Class

A key component of the program starts before the surgery. Patients receive activity goals for their hospital stay and information about the exercises they will be expected to do at home.

Patients then attend a pre-operative class that offers in-depth education and provides a take-home resource folder with information and contact numbers.

Class topics include:

  • How to prepare for surgery
  • What surgery day consists of
  • What to expect following surgery
  • How to recognize and prevent complications
  • What to expect during physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • How to prepare for discharge
  • What life is like after leaving the hospital

Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy

With joint replacement surgery, early movement is beneficial for optimal recovery. Starting day one, our physical therapists provide daily individual treatment as well as a daily group session with other joint replacement patients.

Our therapists assess individual therapy needs based on:

  • How the house is set up
  • What type of equipment is at home
  • What kind of help will be available at home after surgery

Patients will also learn how to:

  • Step over the threshold
  • Step off a curb
  • Go up and down stairs

Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists are trained to assist in adapting activities of daily living to the short-term limitations while recuperating after surgery.

Therapists work one-on-one with patients to prepare for the transition home and provide instruction for a variety of activities, including:

  • Standing to brush teeth
  • Bending over to put on socks
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Using the bathroom
  • Transfering from a bed to a chair
  • Traveling in a car

Case Manager ConsultationCase Manager Consultation

Each patient works with a case manager to customize a discharge plan and to assist with short-term placement into a rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility if needed.

The case manager will also help determine what equipment, such as walker, cane, shower chair and raised toilet seat, may be needed at home. The equipment will be ordered and delivered prior to discharge.

Coordinated Care TeamCoordinated Care Team

At Baylor Scott & White Health, we provide an entire team to coordinate joint replacement from pre-op through recovery. Our team of healthcare professionals is focused on holistic care — from internal and inpatient medicine to respiratory therapy and physical medicine and rehabilitation — and includes:

  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Dieticians


While eligibility varies, the program is designed for patients who are receiving total knee, hip or shoulder replacement and are:

  • Generally healthy
  • Selected by their surgeon as good candidates for the program
  • Focused on recovery through positive attitude, goal-setting and determination


For more information about the program or joint replacement surgery, please call:

  • College Station — 979-207-0488
  • Round Rock — 512-509-8800
  • Temple — 254-724-9255

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Bryce Allen
Clint D. Barnett
Sandy M. Bidner
Kirby D. Hitt
Scott M. Munroe