Joint Replacement

Joint Replacement

UnaSource Surgery Center is proud to demonstrate our commitment to quality and patient safety through our participation in the Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI).

UnaSource’s outpatient joint replacement program is designed to minimize time spent at the facility and recovery time while optimizing results. Following is what you can expect before, during, and after joint replacement surgery.

Before Surgery
Once you are scheduled for surgery, you need to complete a pre-surgical health assessment. This can be completed online at

After you have completed the online pre-surgical health assessment, a registered nurse from UnaSource will call you to:

  • Review your health assessment
  • Provide pre-surgery instructions
  • Provide instructions on where to watch our online joint class video
  • Answer any questions you may have

You may also be contacted by a registered nurse care manager from United Physicians to review your health history.

The UnaSource business team will call to verify your insurance benefits and inform you of any financial responsibilities (such as a high deductible) that are due at the time of service.

A home health care professional also may contact you to review your health history or schedule an in-home visit prior to your surgery.

The afternoon before your scheduled surgery date, a UnaSource Surgery Center team member will call to provide you with your arrival and surgery instructions, and to answer any questions you may still have.

Day of Surgery
Remember to bring your walker, brace, or any other durable medical equipment prescribed by your surgeon.

Upon arrival, check in at the registration desk with your photo ID and insurance cards. A member of our clinical team will escort you to your private patient care room.

You will then receive a sequential compression device with stockings that pump air around your calves; wear this device at home for two weeks after surgery while you are not up walking.

You may also receive a peripheral nerve block or insertion of a pain pump catheter.

During your joint replacement surgery, your guest will be required to wait in our lobby where refreshments, WiFi, reading materials, television, and comfortable seating are available.

After the surgery is completed, you will be taken back to your private patient care room for recovery, and your surgeon will speak with your guest in our private consultation room.

Your guest should get any post-op prescriptions filled at UnaSource Pharmacy, located in the building next door at 4600 Investment Drive. Any other pharmacy might not have all of your prescribed medications available.

Prior to discharge, a registered nurse will review all of your surgeon’s orders and instructions with you and your guest. You will receive a folder to take home with copies of all the orders and instructions reviewed with you, including:

  • Caring for the bandage over your incision
  • Using your walker
  • At home exercises
  • Medication to take at home

A physical therapist will review the use of your walker, how to use the stairs with your walker, and any exercises ordered by your surgeon.

If you have a pain pump, you will receive instructions on how to remove the small catheter once the pain pump is empty. If you’d like to learn more about the pain pump, please watch our informational video at:

After Joint Replacement Surgery
Following are several things to keep in mind after joint replacement surgery.

  • Call your surgeon’s office to schedule a follow-up appointment.
  • Continue to use your Sequential Compression Device when you are not up walking.
  • Continue to do your exercises as ordered by your surgeon.
  • A home health care team member will contact you to set up a visit for either the day of your surgery or the next day.
  • A UnaSource Surgery Center RN will call you the day after your surgery and every day until you have removed the pain pump catheter.
  • The home health care team member will continue to visit you in the days after your surgery as ordered by your surgeon.
  • A physical therapist may also visit you at your home if this is recommended by your surgeon.
  • A United Physician Care Manager RN may contact you to review instructions and answer questions.

View our Joint Replacement Video

Our previous in-person class is now a video you can watch from home. Simply input the patient's information below to view the video.

Complete YourPre-Surgical Health Assessment

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