Comprehensive Care Starts before Surgery…
Your treatment plan begins four to six weeks before the joint replacement surgery takes place. It may include the following:
- Pre-operative appointment with your Surgeon
Finalize surgical plans.
- Pre-operative appointment with your Primary Care Physician
Obtain preoperative tests and medical clearance.
- Pre-operative telephone interview for preoperative Medical History
A nurse will obtain your medical history and give you individualized instructions for the day of surgery.
- Pre-operative Joint Class
Members of the Joint Team will give you information on how to prepare yourself and your home for surgery and what to expect when you come into the hospital.
… and Continues Through Rehabilitation
Experience has shown that the sooner a patient begins to use a new joint, the better their overall recovery will be. Our Program is designed for you to go home two days after surgery.
The Joint Replacement Program has a dedicated therapy facility in the Orthopedic Department to ensure you get moving quickly and safely. Physical therapists work with you in the gym, assess your abilities and teach exercises and movements designed to enhance your recovery and protect your new joint. Physical therapists help address your goals for going home (getting out of bed, walking, climbing stairs, etc). You will also work with occupational therapists to learn techniques and use tools that will help you function independently with dressing and toileting.
Discharge planning is an essential part of hospitalization. The Joint case manager coordinates services, medical equipment and care for after you leave the hospital.
Our program is designed to ensure that you are ready to be discharged two days after surgery.
Whether you go home or to another facility, our Joint Replacement team follows up to make sure you are well on the road to recovery. While joint replacements are becoming more routine; choosing to undergo joint replacement can be challenging and intimidating. The Joint Replacement team at Virginia Hospital Center understands and will be with you every step of the way.