During Joint Care Orientation, the clinical education specialist will provide you with a list of exercises. Practicing these BEFORE your surgery can help you best prepare for your recovery after surgery.
Register here to attend our complimentary Joint Care Orientation class (optional, but recommended).
Patients who attend Joint Care Orientation prior to surgery typically have a much better experience than those who do not.
Park in the main parking lot. Enter the lobby and notify the receptionist that you are attending Joint Care Orientation Class. A staff member will greet you and direct you to the classroom.
Begin discussing your discharge plans with family and friends. Information will be provided at Joint Care Orientation about equipment needed, therapy and household arrangements.
If you take arthritis/anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinner medication or aspirin, notify the physician who prescribed the blood thinner that you are having joint surgery. This will ensure coordination between physicians.
Practice cough and deep breathing exercises.
Practice your total joint exercises as instructed by the physical therapist during orientation.
Complete a home safety assessment. Information will be provided during orientation.
Follow the Anesthesia Fasting Guidelines about eating or drinking before surgery. Most home medications can be taken with a sip of water the morning of surgery, but some specific medications should not be taken. Medication instructions for morning of surgery will be discussed at your Pre-Admission appointment. View the guidelines. Blood thinners need to be discussed with your surgeon.
No makeup, jewelry, hairpins or nail polish should be worn on the morning of your surgery. Leave all valuables and cash at home.
Shower with the special soap (CHG) you received during your Pre-Admission Testing Appointment. View CHG shower instructions.