Aurora Joint Academy


Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery: Aurora Joint Academy

At Aurora Health Care, we believe that the better prepared you are for surgery, both physically and emotionally, the greater your potential for a swift and successful recovery. Our educational Joint Academy class prepares you for what to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery.

During this educational class, you’ll learn things like:

  • How to prepare your body for joint replacement
  • How to prepare yourself and your home for your recovery
  • What to do for healthy healing

The Aurora Difference

Comprehensive Joint Replacement Care

Our free Joint Academy program is just one advantage of choosing joint replacement surgery at Aurora. We also offer:

  • The latest knee replacement procedures: We offer advanced knee replacement options including robot-assisted and minimally invasive total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, ACL-sparing knee replacement, knee resurfacing (MAKOplasty®), bilateral knee replacements and knee revision. Learn more about knee replacement surgery.
  • Advanced hip replacement options: Since we offer a number of different hip replacement options, we can provide the right procedure for your unique needs. Our available treatments include direct anterior hip replacement (from the front), conventional hip replacement, hip resurfacing, hip revision and bilateral hip replacement (both sides). Find out more about hip replacement surgery.
  • A large orthopedic surgery team: Our expert joint replacement team is one of Wisconsin’s largest, with more than 70 orthopedic surgeons – many of whom are fellowship-trained. Fellowship-trained surgeons have pursued additional training in orthopedic surgery after medical school to gain the expertise needed to perform even the most complex procedures. And when you attend Aurora Joint Academy, you can ask questions about how they approach procedures like yours.
  • Coordinated care: Aurora Joint Academy helps you plan for your upcoming surgery by letting you get to know some of the experts who will guide you from your hospital stay through your rehabilitation. Joint Academy teachers include registered nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. These caregivers work closely with other departments, like primary care, sports health and physical therapy, to discuss and make decisions about your treatment plan. And all of your Aurora providers share one electronic health record so they are always on the same page about your progress.

What to Expect

Aurora Joint Academy: What to Expect

Joint Academy is a one-time educational class that you’ll attend before having total joint replacement surgery at Aurora. We encourage you to attend Joint Academy with your care partner – the person who’ll help you after your procedure.

When you and your care partner attend Joint Academy, you’ll learn:

  • How to prepare before you come in for surgery
  • More information about your type of surgery
  • How to get your home ready before surgery to make your return smoother
  • How your care partner can help after your surgery
  • What to expect the day of your surgery – from arriving and prepping for surgery through recovery
  • Available equipment you may need after surgery
  • Pre-surgical exercises, precautions and tips to assist your recovery


Aurora Joint Academy Locations

Your doctor’s office and care team will tell you how to enroll in Aurora Joint Academy, or you can call one of these locations:

Milwaukee County
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
(414) 385-2437

Ozaukee County
Aurora Medical Center Grafton
(262) 329-2993

Racine County
Aurora Memorial Hospital Burlington
(262) 971-9300

Sheboygan County
Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
(920) 457-4461

Walworth County
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center
(262) 249-3500

Waukesha County
Aurora Medical Center Summit
(262) 434-2600

Washington County
Aurora Medical Center Washington County
(262) 670-7233

Winnebago County
Aurora Medical Center Oshkosh
(920) 303-8880

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