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Preparing For Surgery

Before your joint replacement surgery, make sure you know what to expect. Understanding how each stage of the treatment process works will help you and your loved ones make your experience comfortable, and positive. Our staff will be there to support you before, during and after your surgery.

After your surgeon schedules your surgery you will get a call from the hospital to schedule an appointment for pre-admission testing. During this appointment you will have any necessary lab work and/or EKG. You will have extensive education about your procedure and after surgery care. You will be given a detailed book about your surgery as well as DVD to take home.

You will be seen by a physician who will do an assessment and then will follow you while you are in the hospital to oversee any medical needs. This physician works closely with your orthopedic surgeon to ensure that you are in optimal condition before and after surgery.

Nursing Care

The orthopedic nursing unit has a very experienced, highly skilled nursing team dedicated to high quality, compassionate care of the joint patient. The nursing staff will check on you hourly in order to make sure all your needs are met.

  • The focus is on pain management and early mobility to facilitate the very best recovery after your surgery.
  • The nurse works closely with your hospitalist, surgeon, physical and occupational therapists, and discharge planner in order to best meet your needs.

Rehabilitation and Therapy

The Rehab portion of your hospital stay could be the most important part of your entire recovery. We instruct you in how to move safely and educate you on the best methods for activities of daily living so you can return home and be as independent as possible. We also instruct you in a home exercise program so that you can achieve excellent range of motion and function after you receive your new joint. Remember - it is up to the YOU to do your therapy exercises at home so you can achieve the very best results and return to an active lifestyle.

After Surgery

Kettering Health Network offers many services to assist you in your recovery after discharge if necessary.

Your surgeon may also order outpatient therapy for you after discharge from the hospital. Kettering Health Network offers many therapy locations.