Total Joint Class

If you're scheduled for a total joint replacement at our hospital, we invite you and a guest to attend our Total Joint Class. This class is designed to inform patients of what to expect before, during and after their procedure. This education can help our patients create a sense of reassurance of the total joint replacement process. The Total Joint Class is at no cost to our patients and all total joint patients are highly encouraged to attend by the hospital and your physician.

You can also register by calling (402) 609-1600 or toll free at (855) 609-1600.

Total Joint Class

One Week Before Surgery

Please call the Pre-Admit department five to seven days prior to your surgery to schedule a pre-surgical screening interview, which should take between 20 and 30 minutes. The Pre-Admit department is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please call (402) 609-2300 to schedule an over-the-phone pre-screening appointment.

Home Assistance

Joint Replacement Patients

You will need assistance for days/weeks after surgery depending on your level of mobility. Home health services may be ordered by your physician after your surgery. Our nurses will assist in coordinating this service.


You must have a responsible adult with you the first 24 hours that you are home. YOU CANNOT DRIVE HOME OR DRIVE FOR 24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY.

Overnight Guests

If you are an inpatient surgery patient, you may have one person stay overnight in your room if desired. All of our rooms are private with a love seat that pulls out to provide a sleeping bed. You are welcome to have someone stay with you overnight. If they prefer to stay at a hotel, please for hotels.

Visitor Information

Advance Directive

OrthoNebraska will honor your preferences regarding medically indicated treatments whenever possible. We respect the rights of the patient and recognize individual needs in making informed decisions regarding medical care, including the decision to discontinue treatment to the extent permitted by state and federal law. However, we will not be able to honor the contents of the Advance Directive without a fully executed copy. The existence or lack of an Advance Directive does not determine the patient’s right to access care, treatment or services. Examples of Advance Directives are Living Wills and Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

Please Note

You must have a responsible adult, age 19 or older, with you the first 24 hours that you are home. You cannot drive for 24 hours after surgery. Please make proper arrangements in advance.