Joint Replacement Surgery: Navigating the Journey, Including Same-Day Discharge

Joint replacement surgery is a transformative procedure for individuals suffering from joint pain and mobility issues. At Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration, led by Dr. John Dearborn, we are committed to providing comprehensive care in joint replacement, including the option of same-day discharge. This detailed guide will walk you through what to expect from your joint replacement journey at our facilities in Fremont and Menlo Park, California.

Understanding Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery involves replacing a damaged joint, most commonly the hip or knee, with a prosthetic joint. This surgery aims to relieve pain, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for patients with severe joint damage, often due to arthritis or injury.

Pre-Surgical Consultation

Before surgery, patients undergo a thorough consultation which includes:

  • Medical history review and physical examination.
  • Imaging tests to assess the joint’s condition.
  • Discussions about expectations, potential risks, and recovery process.

The Surgery Day

On the day of surgery, patients can expect:

  • Arrival at the hospital or surgical center, often early in the morning.
  • Pre-operative preparations, including anesthesia administration.
  • The surgical procedure, which typically lasts a few hours.

Same-Day Discharge

Thanks to advancements in surgical techniques and pain management, many patients are eligible for same-day discharge. This means they can return home on the day of their surgery, which has several benefits:

  • Comfort of recovering in your own home.
  • Reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections.
  • Lower overall cost of the surgical procedure.

Criteria for Same-Day Discharge

Not every patient is a candidate for same-day discharge. Factors influencing eligibility include:

  • Overall health and mobility level.
  • Support system at home for post-operative care.
  • Absence of significant medical comorbidities.

Post-Surgical Care and Rehabilitation

After surgery, a comprehensive rehabilitation plan is crucial for recovery. This includes:

  • Physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.
  • Pain management strategies.
  • Guidance on wound care and activity modifications.

Recovery Timeline

Recovery varies depending on the individual, but generally includes:

  • Initial few weeks of limited activity and regular physical therapy.
  • Gradual return to normal activities within 3 to 6 months.
  • Ongoing exercises and lifestyle adjustments for joint health.

Long-Term Outcomes

Most patients experience significant pain relief and improved mobility. Long-term care includes:

  • Regular check-ups to monitor the prosthetic joint.
  • Continued physical activity to maintain joint function.
  • Awareness of any signs of complications or wear.

Dearborn & Associates: Your Partner in Joint Health

At our centers in Fremont (510-818-7200) and Menlo Park (650-325-1395), Dr. John Dearborn and our team are dedicated to providing exceptional care throughout your joint replacement journey. We use the latest surgical techniques and a patient-centered approach to ensure the best outcomes.

Empowering Patients Through Education

We believe in empowering our patients through education. Understanding the process of joint replacement surgery, including the innovative option of same-day discharge, enables patients to actively participate in their recovery.

A Step Towards Renewed Mobility

Joint replacement surgery is a life-changing procedure that can offer a new lease on life for those suffering from joint pain and immobility. At Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration, we are committed to guiding our patients through every step of this journey, ensuring a smooth transition to a more active and pain-free life.


  1. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  2. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  3. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


Dr. John Dearborn - Dearborn & Associates

Dr. John Dearborn is a top-performing orthopedic surgeon in the Bay Area and Northern California. Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration’s narrow focus and high volume, yields a wealth of clinical experience in the field. Dr. Dearborn and his team have performed over 16,000 successful joint replacement procedures in the last 20+ years.