UofL Health - Jewish Hospital has a comprehensive program for patients who are scheduled to have total joint replacement. Once a patient is scheduled for a total joint replacement, an appointment will be scheduled for Pre-Admission Testing one to two weeks prior to surgery. At this appointment, you will receive education on your total joint replacement.
The patient and their family meet with the Orthopedic Coordinator who completes the necessary pre-operative paperwork and registers the patient for surgery. The coordinator also explains how the surgery is performed, what happens after surgery and the steps for going home. Initial discharge planning is started prior to surgery and various options are discussed concerning rehab, home health or outpatient physical therapy.
The necessary pre-operative lab work and electrocardiogram (EKG) are completed, followed by a meeting with a physical therapy professional. All of this is performed in one convenient area, and is usually completed in less than two hours. The Orthopedic Coordinator will see you during your hospital stay and is available to the patient and his/her families whenever necessary - whether it be during pre-operative, post surgical or even after discharge from the hospital.
The Bone and Joint Center at Mary & Elizabeth encourages patients to complete a pre-joint class taught by orthopedic nurses. This class prepares the patient for every stage of the joint replacement, from pre- to post-surgery. After the procedure, patients stay in the Bone and Joint Center, a dedicated orthopedic unit with private rooms and a rehab clinic.
To learn more please call 1.800.333.2230.