Is someone coming to stay with you during your surgery? Or are you traveling to be with a friend or family member near our hospital? How can your caregiver help you? What are your caregiver's concerns?

Below we answer some of the commonly asked questions from caregivers that will help them know what to expect regarding your knee or hip surgery.

Your caregiver can play an important part in the process, supporting you emotionally and logistically, helping you make decisions, and communicating with other concerned friends and family members about how you are doing.

Our patient liaison will communicate with those you authorize to receive updates while you are in surgery and recovery. The liaison is available to your family member or caregiver whether he or she stays at the hospital during your procedure or waits someplace else.

We can also help you and your family find local accommodations if your situation calls for it. Please contact our Guest Services department for more information.

If you have a friend or family member coming to offer moral support the day of your operation or physical support in those first days home, please share our Joint Surgery Support emails and this article with them. We hope these things will help them prepare for what’s ahead.

Perhaps one of the most helpful things your caregiver can do is be there when you are talking with your surgeon and other care providers during doctor visits, at pre-admission screening, and after the surgery. It is good to have another set of ears both to offer perspective and to help you remember what was said. You are the patient and are focused more on how you are feeling than on what is being said to you. Your caregiver, too, can help you communicate to your care providers.

Some FAQS regarding caregivers supporting knee or hip replacement patients:

How long will my out-of-town caregiver need to stay?
While we will send you home when you can care for yourself, having a caregiver at home is sometimes a good idea. If no one local is available to drive you or do errands for you, how long your caregiver stays will depend mostly on your need to be driven, since you will not be able to drive for several weeks after your surgery. 

When can I return home if I am being cared for out of town?
You must be well enough to travel. Discuss the details of your individual care with your surgeon.

How can my caregiver help me while I am in the hospital?
In the hospital, your caregiver can:

  • Prepare questions ahead of time
  • Help make decisions
  • Offer emotional support and ease your anxieties.

Finally, caregivers should also remember to take care of themselves, which helps them be at their best for you!

Disclaimer:  This page is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always personally seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you have related to your health or medical condition. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read in our emails, web pages or other electronic communications.