Hip Replacement Patient Education

Online Joint Replacement Class

Please note: As an alternative to our regular in-person joint replacement classes during the COVID-19 social-distancing period, we are now offering online joint replacement classes.

To participate in this online class, please watch the below hip replacement orientation video.

After you've watched the above video in its entirety, please fill out our online request form to receive the full Pre-Operative Patient Information form by mail, which you will then need to fill out and return to our team to be considered ready for surgery.


Hip Replacement Class

For patients slated to undergo hip replacement surgery, we strongly recommend attending our hip replacement patient education class before scheduling a surgery date. During this class, we will review which hip replacement procedure is best for you, what to expect after the surgery, discharge and rehabilitation planning and requirements, and how to care for your new hip prosthesis once you have recovered from the procedure.

Joint replacement classes are held in Herkimer, Cobleskill, Cooperstown, and Oneonta.

Hip Replacement Recovery Time

Everyone recovers from a hip replacement at different speeds. Our orthopedic surgeons perform the latest surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes and minimize recovery time.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your hip pain interferes with your daily activities on more days than not, or if you’re no longer finding relief through non-surgical treatments, you may be eligible for hip replacement surgery. Call 607-547-3652 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

The time it takes to return to work depends on your type of work. You will be required to use crutches and potentially wear a hip brace for the first few weeks of your recovery. Patients with stationary jobs can typically return to work within a few weeks. Patients with more rigorous jobs typically return to work after a few months.

No driving is permitted until your doctor clears you with a physical examination.

Yes, you may. If you are traveling, inform the airport staff of your hip prosthesis before you enter the scanner.

Yes, your primary care practitioner and specialists will need to know about your joint replacement surgery. It is best to remind your practitioner at each visit.

Some patients report that they feel a “dull ache” in their new hip when the weather changes or after they spend time in the cold.

It is best to avoid repetitive lifting and high-impact activities with your new hip. If you have any questions about specific activities or situations, please discuss these with your surgeon.

Learn more about resuming your activities after hip replacement, or call 607-547-3652 to speak with our specialists about your concerns.

Discharge & Rehabilitation

Discharge options will be reviewed during the class, prior to surgery. Finalization of discharge plans will occur post-surgery, once our specialists are able to re-examine your needs after the procedure. Patients are encouraged to note their preferences for rehabilitation and discharge during or after the hip replacement class. There are eligibility requirements for both rehabilitation facility placement and home health care services, which must be met for proper insurance coverage. Your insurance carrier will determine your eligibility after reviewing your clinical records.

Call to Register for a Hip Replacement Class

Call 607-547-3652 to speak with our specialists and learn if hip replacement may be an option for you. If so, we can schedule for you to attend the nearest hip replacement class to learn more.

Bassett Healthcare Network offers hip replacement classes throughout Central New York, including Herkimer, Cobleskill, Cooperstown, and Oneonta.