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Get the Most From Your Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint Replacement (Arthroplasty) and Reconstructions has prepared this manual to provide you and your family with essential information about undergoing joint replacement surgery. We hope that you will use it as a way to learn more about your treatment, and as a way to keep track of important aspects of your care.

You will soon have surgery to replace your arthritic hip or knee with artificial parts in order to reduce your pain and improve your function. Joint replacement surgery is elective - it is your choice. It is a very good operation to relieve pain.

Experience has shown that the best health outcomes are achieved when patients and families are active participants in their care. This means knowing what to expect at each phase of your procedure and working closely with members of your care team to achieve your goals.

This patient guidebook will help you and your family prepare for your joint replacement surgery. It describes what to expect before and during your hospital stay, the surgery itself, and your recovery. It has important information about what you must do to prepare for surgery and to achieve the best possible outcome during your recovery. Please read this entire guidebook soon.

You may  download additional copies of the entire guidebook . Please bring the guidebook with you to any medical appointments and to the medical center on the day of your surgery.

Thank you for choosing the Carl J. Shapiro Department of Orthopaedics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for your care. We are committed to providing you with the very best treatment for your condition.


Staying in touch with loved ones and friends while also managing a health care challenge can be difficult. But staying connected is a crucial component to getting, and staying well-for both patients and caregivers. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center understands these obstacles and we're prepared to help. Now you can stay connected with family and friends before, during and after hospitalization through a free  CarePages website.

Contact Information

Joint Replacement and Reconstruction
Carl J. Shapiro Department of Orthopaedics
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215