May 7, 2014
If you're in need of a joint replacement, Martha Jefferson Hospital is trying to make the process easier for patients with a new program called the Joint Replacement Center.
If you need a knee, hip or shoulder replacement, there's a lot to know before and after surgery.
Now healthcare providers at Martha Jefferson Hospital are hoping to better inform patients about what they need to know and they're doing so in a series of informational sessions called the Joint Replacement Center.
"The first meeting is an informational meeting about arthritis and joint replacement. Then there's a group meeting where you actually learn what's going to happen during your hospitalization. The staff also collects info from you that will help them get you through the process so we can figure out what you need when you get home, how much help you're going to need and what kind of equipment," said Dr. John Hall, Medical Director, Martha Jefferson Joint Replacement Center
During sessions, patients will also learn about new processes with pain control, new equipment being used and the push for more physical therapy after surgery.
Doctors say these changes are going to make things easier for the patient for a couple of reasons.
"One is to make the whole process as easy as possible for the patient so they don't have to worry about much of anything except the recovery. The second is that it would actually help them recover faster so they can get back to their life more quickly," said Dr. Hall.
A patient may enroll in the program once they find out they need joint replacement surgery. They will complete the program once they are done with physical therapy weeks after the surgery.