What to Expect

The Joint & Spine Institute at Clara Maass

Elderly men sitting on a bench while talkingThe Institute uses a nationally recognized patient management program providing guidelines for orthopedic patients to follow both pre- and post-operatively. Orthopedists involved with the program follow established protocols that are proven to lead to improved clinical outcomes, quicker recovery times and shorter hospital stays.


Before, During and After Joint Surgery

Before the surgery, you will:

  • Attend a group educational class to learn about your surgery
  • Receive a comprehensive education book that you can follow throughout your experience

During your stay, you will:

  • Be treated by a specially-trained health care team
  • Attend group physical therapy sessions twice a day with fellow patients
  • Receive daily newsletters to keep you updated on activities and schedules
  • Benefit from a friend or family member who is trained as your recovery “coach”
  • Wear your own clothing rather than a hospital gown

Before you are discharged, you will:

  • Attend a group discharge class to ensure that you are prepared to return home

A Unique Approach to Recovery

The Institute takes a group support and activities approach to help patients recover in an effective, meaningful, fun way. We are housed on a dedicated orthopedic unit within the hospital. Amenities include:

  • Activity room
  • Separate group physical therapy gym
  • Eight private patient rooms equipped with telemetry monitoring

Education, another essential component of the program, will lessen anxiety before surgery and enable easier rehabilitation. The program also emphasizes visual progress to motivate patients to reach goals and milestones during recovery. For example, the “Joint Adventures” board allows patients to see progress by tracking how far he or she walks each day. Patients will feel involved and encouraged through each step.

Support from Your Coach

The Joint & Spine Institute recognizes that support during recovery comes in many forms. In addition to the health care team, having a close friend or family member act as a patient “coach” is helpful during recovery. Coaches will receive training from staff to help support a patient’s recovery in every way possible.

Dedicated Health Care Team

At The Joint & Spine Institute, expert caregivers will work with patients to achieve goals. The dedicated nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy staff, as well as a case manager, social worker and dietician, will work to ensure that every patient experience is outstanding and every patient outcome is maximized.


Patient Stories

  • “The knee surgery was the best decision I’ve made. I should’ve done it a long time ago."

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  • “The surgery has been a real mood booster. I’m not in pain anymore.”

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  • Before my surgeries, it was increasingly more difficult to walk, to exercise, to ski because of the pain. Consequently, the knee replacement surgery was like a miracle to me.

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