Research and best practices evidence suggests that when patients are informed and have an understanding of what to expect from a total joint replacement surgery, they have clearer expectations and goals, play a more active role in their recovery and often have better outcomes. The goal of the Joints in Motion program is to provide a learning environment for the patient and their designated support person to learn what to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery.
The Joint Replacement Center uses a team approach for treatment and rehabilitation after hip and knee replacement surgery, but we believe you, the patient, are the most important and integral part of the team. So ensuring that you are well informed and cared for at every step along the way to recovery is the primary focus of the Joints in Motion program.
Patients are given a comprehensive, patient-friendly guide that educates them on the entire hip and knee replacement process. The guide explains how to prepare for:
- the pre-operative hospital visit
- what exercises to perform prior to and after surgery
- the post-operative care process
- how to care for your joint replacement while recovering at home
The Joints in Motion coordinator rounds on each joint replacement patient daily and follows the patient’s progress during their hospital stay.
Physical therapy sessions are held twice daily along with occupational therapy visits and specific nursing duties assigned.
- A daily newsletter is delivered to the room each morning for patients highlighting the event of the day and offering advice/tips about the recovery process.
Who Can Attend
Anyone in the community is welcome to attend. For patient’s scheduled for joint replacement surgery, we recommend you and your support person attend a class at least one to two weeks prior to the day of your surgery.
When and Where is the Class Offered
Classes are held twice a week in the Joints In Motion classroom located on the 4th floor of the North Patient Tower (N4G) at NGMC. Please contact the Joints in Motion Coordinator, Mon. - Fri., at 770-219-5257 to schedule a class.