When patients are discharged from the Joint Replacement Program, they will receive written instructions concerning medications, physical therapy, activity and other guidelines. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will arrange for any equipment needed, and the patient's physician will refer them to either home therapy services or send them to an outpatient rehabilitation center.
The comprehensive guidebook from the pre-operative class includes detailed information the patient will need to know for their safety, recovery and comfort once they go home. The book features sections on how to care for the incision; recognizing and preventing potential complications; postoperative exercises; and instructions for transferring to the bed, bathtub, toilet and car. The guidebook is designed to serve as a communication tool for the surgeon and other clinicians. As patients visit their surgeon and receive therapy, caregivers will document their progress in the guidebook.
Our concern for patients' progress does not end once they leave the hospital. Our staff will call patients two to three weeks following their discharge from the hospital to check on their progress and answer any questions. In addition, patients may contact the Joint Care Coordinator at any time to ask questions or discuss any concerns.