Orthopedic Patient and Family Support

Pre-Operative Classes for Joint Replacement Surgery

Attendance in a pre-operative class prior to receiving joint replacement surgery at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center is recommended. In addition to learning some of the basic anatomy of the hip and knee, we help you understand Joint Replacement Surgery. By planning ahead, you can help ensure a smooth surgery and a speedy recovery.

This class covers everything you need to know about preparing for your surgery including:

  • The goal of your surgery
  • Operative site preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Dietary restrictions and recommendations
  • What to pack and bring to the hospital
  • Facts about blood transfusions
  • Getting your home ready

Knowing what to expect during your stay in the hospital helps to ease some of the anxiety you might be feeling. We discuss:

  • What happens the day of your surgery
  • Anesthesia and pain management
  • Hospital equipment
  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Considerations for planning your discharge from the hospital

When being discharged from the hospital, there are be a number of instructions that you receive to take care of yourself when you return home. This class helps you better prepare and cover the following:

  • Wound and extremity care
  • DVT prophylaxis
  • Home health and durable medical equipment
  • Driving considerations and handicapped parking
  • Dental prophylaxis
  • Traveling considerations
  • When to call your doctor
  • Follow-up visits with your doctor

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Following surgery, there are a number of different precautions that you need to follow. This class covers guidelines for the following:

  • Total Hip Precautions
  • Total Knee Precautions
  • Weight bearing status
  • Sleeping and getting in/out of bed
  • Transfer training
  • Stair training
  • Car transfers
  • Sexual activities
  • Equipment
  • Hip and knee exercises
  • Activities of daily living including dressing and bathing
  • Frequently asked questions after joint replacement surgery

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