More Information on Rehab

  • AppointmentDepending on your surgery, you may be placed in inpatient rehab, meaning you will stay at a recovery center, or outpatient, which means you live at home but get therapy during regular appointments throughout the week.
  • SpeedyIf you followed a prehab plan, your overall rehab experience might be speedier. In fact, people going through prehab before knee and hip replacement surgeries were 73% less likely to need to have inpatient rehab after their surgery.3
  • LengthIt is important to remember that rehab can be a lengthy process as your body works to regain strength following surgery. Work with your team of doctors, physical therapists, and caregivers to ensure you are following a plan that will help you recover quickly and safely.

Planning for Recovery

Prepare for your return home to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible after surgery. You may need help with everyday tasks such as lifting heavy items, running errands, taking care of other family members, and so on.

Your plan will be unique to your needs,

but you might want to consider having a friend or family member prepared to assist you during your recovery.

Ask a caregiver to help keep track of your medications and secure refills, if needed. It is okay to ask for help!

Opioids are not for everyone. While opioids have been commonly used to manage pain after surgery, they can also contribute to an extended recovery period.


Understand the difference between

Opioid Dependency, Persistent Use, and Addiction


  • 1 WebMD. How Rehab Can Help You Recover From Surgery. January 2020. [Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD]
  • 2 Life & Health Care. What is Ambulation. June 2020.
  • 3 Pre-hab for Surgery. June 2020.
  • 4 Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. United States for Non-Dependence Report. October 2017. [Analysis in the report was based on research conducted by the QuintilesIMS Institute.]