During the Hospital Stay
Following surgery, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is dedicated to help each patient return to work, recreation and home life as soon as possible. A multidisciplinary group 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.
Leaving the Hospital
When patients are discharged, they will receive written instructions concerning medications, physical therapy, activity and other guidelines. Texas Health Cleburne 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.
Rehabilitation After Surgery
A dedication to working at recovery is essential for the best results from joint replacement surgery. Patients will receive written instructions concerning physical therapy when they leave the hospital, and the patient's physician will refer them to either home therapy services or send them to an outpatient rehabilitation center. Patients will learn exercises they should do at home, and a commitment to these exercises will help patients recover faster.