Pre-Op Total Joint Class. Welcome!. Goals. Inform the patient & family what to expect… Before, during & after surgery Reduce anxiety Answer questions Help you become better-prepared. We Care About You!!!.
Pre-Op Total Joint Class
Inform the patient & family what to expect…
In an effort to personalize your care while in the hospital, please let us know of any needs ahead of time
Please complete the enclosed “Care Card” and turn it in at the end of class
Day of Surgery
- Park in parking deck P-2 (To the left of the hospital)
Surgery is about 1-2 hours long
Recovery is about 1 ½ hours
Staff will page family/visitors once patient is out of recovery and give the room number. This is where you will meet your family/visitors after surgery.
Our goal is to keep you comfortable and functional. It is unlikely that your pain will be 0.
We ask that you partner with us and ask for additional pain medicine if needed
Alternative pain options may be used such as cold therapy and relaxation
Our staff will make every effort to best manage your pain.
***Please ask your surgeon if this is an option he will use for you
immobilizer while standing
Note: You may or may not walk with the knee immobilizer on while exercising with a Therapist. However, you should
ALWAYS continue to wear it with Nursing until
you are able to do a full straight leg raise (with no
bend at the knee)
Cryotherapy - “Polar Care” Device**Some surgeons prefer to use ice instead of the Polar Care Device****Some surgeons may choose not to use the Polar Care Device or ice**
(if it is ordered by your surgeon)
While You Are Here
clots from forming
take these medications safely
clots from forming
tightening leg muscles
or chair unless you
call for assistance
Goal: To get you home safely!!!
Sometimes the discharge process can take up to 4 or 5 hours. We know you’ll be eager to leave the hospital, and we want to be sure everything’s in place to ensure a smooth and safe transition.
***Your Case Manager will set up a Home Health Agency (of your choice) for you
Two types of Rehab Facilities…
Average Length of Stay: 1-2 weeks-as needed
2. Acute: 3 or more hours of therapy/day
Average Length of Stay: 5 - 7 days
Transportation (depends on what is medically necessary)
***Your Case Manager will set up your Wheelchair Van or Ambulance for you (if needed)
You may fill your prescriptions at our Plaza Pharmacy
(Located on the First Floor of the hospital)
Pick up from the Main Pharmacy on weekends or after 4:30PM (but make payment arrangements with Plaza Pharmacy during M-F business hours)
***Knee patients rarely need this equipment at discharge while most hip patients do need this equipment at discharge. The Therapist will determine your specific needs.
(i.e. in kitchen/bathroom cupboards, refrigerator)
Assess your home environment and let the Therapist know the following once you are in the hospital…