A multidisciplinary group, led by our Joint Care Coordinator, and including physicians, physicians' assistants, patient care technicians, nurses, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists and other joint care specialists, will develop and implement a care plan tailored to help meet individual patient needs.
Patients will be given pain medication to increase their comfort level while still optimizing their ability to participate in therapy.
The difference between the Joint Replacement Program and other hospital units is easy to see. Patients on the unit wear their own clothes, rather than hospital gowns, and use rolling recliners rather than wheelchairs. Patients receive a daily newsletter and support each other in group physical therapy sessions. Plus, patients appreciate the unit's all private patient rooms, dining modeled after hotel-style room service and interactive television system.
Patients begin walking soon after surgery, and track their distance walked on an Indy 500 distance board. This board allows the patient, physicians and staff to see how the patient is progressing with therapy.
Patients join other joint replacement patients for group therapy sessions and lunch. Coaches are encouraged to join patients for the therapy sessions, to provide encouragement and learn exercise and safety techniques that can be used once they are home.
The Joint Replacement Program can provide a trained volunteer for those patients who do not have a coach. Our group sessions provide a supportive atmosphere where patients develop a strong camaraderie and encourage each other to meet their goals.