Education of Patient and Family Members
Establishing a clear understanding of the total joint replacement experience is critical to the success. Educated patients have more realistic expectations following surgery and tend to have better outcomes because they know their role through the entire process.
Joint replacement patients are given Guidebooks that educate them on the joint replacement process from six weeks pre-operatively until three months postoperative. The Guidebook is a comprehensive, patient-friendly manual that details pre and postoperative strengthening exercises, what to expect in the hospital, and postoperative care and home safety.
A Preoperative Education class is attended by the patient and family members, who become the patient's "coach". This one-hour class, taught by the Joint Care Coordinator, is held in conjunction with the patient's Pre Procedure Clinic appointment two to four weeks prior to his/her joint replacement surgery. The class helps to prepare the patient and family on what to expect before, during and after surgery.