Total Joint Replacement Program

UMC partners with Texas Tech Physicians to offer a thoughtful and all-encompassing approach to total joint replacement surgery. Our Total Joint Replacement Program is designed to educate, prepare and care for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery.

Our program gives patients an arsenal of team members to help on the joint replacement journey: orthopaedic surgeons, primary care physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, a joint care coordinator, your family and YOU!

Participating in the Total Joint Replacement Program with UMC and Texas Tech Orthopaedic Surgeons equips you to conquer your joint replacement journey. It can help both ease the anxiety leading up to surgery and accelerate the rehab process, enabling a timely return to an active lifestyle.

We have found that patients who become active partners in their own care achieve better outcomes. By participating in the Total Joint Replacement Program patients: receive complete education on total joint replacement surgery, participate in a free total joint replacement education class, joint mobility camp, experience shorter hospital stays and lower infection rates, and are often discharged home after surgery. An educated patient is a patient who recovers quickly and gets back to an active life sooner!

Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) Model

UMC participates in a Medicare initiative called the Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) model, which aims to promote excellent quality care and financial accountability for care surrounding lower-extremity joint replacement procedures, such as total knee replacements and total hip replacements. The CJR model is expected to lower the cost of care to Medicare, but your costs for covered care will not increase due to these changes.

UMC actively works closely with each member of the team who will care for you during your hospital stay and through your recovery 90 days after being discharged from the hospital. By working together, your care team is planning more efficient, high quality care as you undergo your specific lower-extremity joint replacement.

If you have questions or want more information regarding the CJR model, call 1.800.MEDICARE. You can also find additional information online at

Joint Replacement Education Class

UMC offers a joint replacement class every other Monday from 3PM-4PM in our joint mobility gym located on 3 West at the main hospital. This class is led by Monica Pool, CJR Coordinator. The program includes information on pre-surgical preparation, expectations while you are in the hospital, and post-surgical care information. This program is offered free-of-charge to those receiving joint replacement surgery at UMC.

For more information, availability, and to reserve your spot in the class, please contact:

Monica Pool
CJR Coordinator

Joint Mobility Camp

At UMC, we encourage our hip and knee replacement patients to take part in Joint Mobility Camp. This program helps patients progress through the joint replacement experience in a group setting—completing exercises, practicing transfers and having the camaraderie of fellow joint replacement patients. Our Joint Mobility Camp is a team approach to caring for our total joint patients. Our team includes orthopaedic surgeons, joint coordinator, specially trained nurses and physical and occupational therapists.

Patients begin joint mobility camp the day after surgery. On average they will participate in one to two days of group therapy and rehabilitation. A family member or friend is encouraged to attend mobility camp with their loved one, so they have a partner in the process and have ample assistance upon returning home.

Joint Mobility participants will also take part in a free pre-operative Joint Replacement Education Class offered by UMC in close collaboration with Texas Tech Physicians Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Joint Center Patients Exercising in Chairs

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