Hospital for Special Surgery - Surgery and Rehabilitation Guide::Preoperative Physical Therapy
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Preoperative Physical Therapy


The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Center at Hospital for Special Surgery offers a one-on-one preoperative physical therapy (PT) education sessions to individuals undergoing a hip or knee joint replacement surgery. During this preoperative PT education session you will spend one-on-one time with a physical therapist who specializes in joint replacement rehabilitation to learn and practice your surgeon specific post-surgical activities such as any applicable precautions, exercises, getting on and off a bed/chair/toilet, how to walk with a cane or walker, and negotiate stairs. In addition to the preoperative PT education session, we recommend that you review this site several times in order to reinforce the information and optimize your preparedness for activity after surgery.

How do I schedule a preoperative PT visit?

  • Call your surgeon’s office to request a PT referral
  • Call the Outpatient Physical Therapy Center at Hospital for Special Surgery to schedule the appointment. We recommend you try to schedule it to be on the same day as your presurgical screening.

Contact Information

Outpatient Physical Therapy Center
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1213

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm & Saturday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm