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Advanced Surgical Hospital Pre-Surgery Classes: Careful Preparation Can Improve Your Surgery Outcome
By Daniel Casciato

Having joint replacement surgery?

Many people throughout the region undergo knee or hip joint replacement to relieve pain and allow them to live more active lives.

However, sometimes it can be a bit confusing on what to expect before, during and after surgery. That’s why physician-owned Advanced Surgical Hospital (ASH) offers pre-operative joint replacement classes to help you and your family learn about knee and hip replacement surgery and recovery.

The class is designed to inform you of what you can expect and put you at ease as you prepare for your procedure. Conducted by licensed physical therapists and registered nurses, the classes allow you to meet other patients who are also preparing for joint replacement surgery. You will also be able to eet some of your pre- and post-surgery care providers.

“It’s an overview of what to expect in the weeks leading up to surgery and the months that follow,” says Tara Rush, MSW, LSW, Social Worker/Bundling Facilitator of ASH. “Our class is led by our exceptional team of inpatient nurses. They collaborate with social services and therapists, who work to answer any questions that patients or their ‘surgical buddy’ will have.”

You’ll learn what to do for a seamless recovery and positive outcome, explains Joyce Brubaker, RN, one of the instructors for the class.

She says that the class covers a range of topics such as:

  1. The night before surgery
  2. What to bring to the hospital
  3. The admission process
  4. Use of anesthesia
  5. Day of surgery
  6. Post-op expectations
  7. Infection prevention
  8. Fall prevention
  9. Wound care
  10. Pain management
  11. Physical therapy
  12. Discharge planning

Many patients are anxious in the days leading up to surgery, so these classes are intended to provide timely information that helps to ease that anxiety, says Rush. “Our philosophy is, if we provide education, support and answer their questions proactively, we have a patient who is able to partner with our team and, together, work for exceptional outcomes after surgery.”

According to John Evans, DPT, Director of Rehabilitation at ASH, good candidates for joint replacement surgery are people with significant joint arthritis that is causing consistent pain and dysfunction. 

“Sometimes injury that results in fractures means joint replacement is needed,” he says. “But most often, these are people who have constant pain every day and cannot do what they want to do in their life because their pain is limiting their mobility.”

Putting off surgery is not a good idea, Evans advises.

“In many cases arthritis is a progressive disease process. If you don’t have the surgery, the arthritic changes will continue, your pain will get worse, and the disfunction will get worse,” he says. “Some therapies such as injections, physical therapy, and others may help to keep patients active and their pain in check in the days leading up to surgery.”

Since some people with knee and hip issues are overweight, Evans recommends eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish.

“If you eat healthy it can help,” he says.

In addition, prior to surgery, Evans recommends exercises for strength, flexibility and cardiac conditioning.

"The more you prepare for surgery, the better you will feel afterward and the smoother your recovery is likely to be,” he says.

Advanced Surgical Hospital complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. (TTY: 711)

Advanced Surgical Hospital cumple con las leyes federales de derechos civiles aplicables y no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo. (TTY: 711)

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