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:
- 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.