Pain management following total joint replacement has come a long way over the last 10-15 years with a variety of new methods available for pain control. We’ve pioneered a unique process designed to help you get back on your feet faster, with less pain. Our rapid recovery program helps you achieve earlier range of motion, reduces stiffness and pain, and ultimately makes the procedure much less painful.

UM SJMC uses a multi-modal approach to pain management, which means your pain is controlled in a variety of different ways before, during, and after surgery to ensure the best results possible.

Before Orthopedic Surgery

  • You'll take specific medicines (NSAIDS & Narcotic Pain Medicines) 24 hours before surgery to prevent the pain cycle from ever starting.
  • We educate you so you'll have set expectations on how quickly you'll be moving after surgery and what types of activities you can do. Education helps lessen your anxiety about the unknown and enables you to move more quickly after surgery.

During Orthopedic Surgery

  • The surgeon administers pain and numbing medication into the joint that blocks pain. This injection lasts 24–36 hours and by the time it wears off, the pain is manageable by oral pain medications.

After Orthopedic Surgery

  • Formal physical therapy begins the morning after the surgery and promotes a continuum of progress.

Not only will you get moving faster with our rapid recovery program, but you’ll also get earlier range of motion, which helps prevent postoperative complications such as blood clots or pneumonia.