Total Joint Replacement Clinic

St. Rita's offers a pre-surgery clinic or classes to help prepare patients for surgery, hospitalization and the recovery process. Ordered by a physician, a patient and a family member or significant other, are asked to attend the classes at the clinic four-to-six weeks before the scheduled surgery date. 

During the clinic you will meet with several members of the care team, learn about your surgery, what to expect, exercises to begin before surgery and specialized equipment that might be involved in your care

You will meet with:

Orthopedic Care Manager
The care manager will explain the Total Joint Replacement Program and the care manager's role as a member of the care team. The care manager will demonstrate the actual total joint components and answer your questions. 

Pre-Admissions Nurse
The nurse will complete the necessary pre-admission paperwork, explain the surgery process and give you an idea of what to expect during your hospital stay. 

Orthopedic Equipment Specialist
Patients receiving total knee replacements may receive a demonstration of the knee bending machine (CPM) if this treatment is part of your physician's post-operative plan of care

Physical Therapist
The Physical Therapist will complete a mobility assessment and explain the post-operative therapy plan. The therapist also instructs the patient on exercises to perform before the surgery. 
Occupational Therapist
The Physical Therapist will complete a mobility assessment and explain the post-operative therapy plan. The therapist also instructs the patient on exercises to perform before the surgery.