Joint Expectations Class

For patients who are having a total joint replacement, the Winneshiek Medical Center Joint Expectations class will describe how to prepare for surgery, as well as challenges that will be experienced during recovery. Taught by a nurse, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a case worker/social worker, patients will learn about pre-surgery instructions, what to expect during the hospital stay and suggestions for a successful rehabilitation and recovery after discharge. In addition to the one-hour class, patients bring home educational materials, including a DVD to help you and your caregiver prepare for your surgery and a smooth recovery.

Joint Expectations classes cover:

  • Anatomy
  • Goals of surgery
  • Risk factors
  • Complications of joint replacement surgery
  • Preparing for surgery
  • Surgical procedure – femoral nerve blocks
  • Your hospital stay
  • After discharge – home cares

Attending a Joint Expectations class is considered part of your care and the education process, and we recommend you attend class 2-4 weeks prior to your surgery. Classes are offered regularly; talk to your surgeon about which class is appropriate for you. We encourage you to bring a family member or friend to the class to participate in your recovery.