The Charles J August Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital plans a comprehensive course of treatment for our patients. We believe that you play a key role in promoting a successful recovery. Our goal is to involve you in your treatment through each step of the program. The program is designed to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Most patients will be able to walk the first day after surgery, and move towards normal activity in six to twelve weeks.
Your team includes physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurses, orthopaedic social worker, patient care technicians, and physical and occupational therapists specializing in total joint care. Every detail, from peri-operative teaching to post-operative exercising, is considered and reviewed with you. The Orthopaedic Program Director will help plan your individual treatment program.
We offer a unique program. Each step is designed to encourage the best results leading to a discharge from the hospital two to three days after surgery.
Are you having joint replacement surgery? We encourage you to register for our Total Joint Replacement Education class before your procedure is scheduled. We offer this class to help prepare you and your family for surgery and understand the rehabilitation process that is necessary for a full, healthy recovery.
Sign-up for a joint replacement class
Every journey needs a guidebook. These essential tools provide detailed information about what to expect before, during and after your joint replacement procedure. You’ll find week-by-week countdowns to help you prepare for the operation, a description of your hospital stay, general physical therapy and exercise recommendations (your doctor will guide you through those personally) and even tips to prepare your home for your return.
You can download the patient guidebook to learn more about joint replacement: Download the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital Patient Handbook
The forms listed below are for you to print out, fill in and bring with you to Surgical Pre-Testing appointment. Having these forms filled out prior to your appointment assists our team in their assessment of your needs for your joint replacement surgery.
Bring this pre-surgical assessment form with you to your pre-surgical testing appointment. This form allows our team to better assess your needs for your joint replacement surgery and your possible stay in our joint replacement center.
Print this surgical pre-testing patient questionnaire form out and bring with you to your surgical pre-testing appointment. This form assist our team in assessing how to best provide for your needs before, during and after your joint replacement surgery.