If you and your surgeon decide you are a candidate for hip or knee replacement surgery, you have taken the first step in your journey. We urge you to learn all you can in advance about the procedure you are about to have. Understanding what to expect will help reduce your stress, which in turn can reduce discomfort. You are the center of your care team; take an active role.
Your patient handbook: Your surgeon will give you a patient handbook when you are scheduled for hip or knee replacement surgery. The handbook was prepared by all those at Sacred Heart involved in your care: surgeons, nurses and therapists. It clearly outlines all the steps leading up to and following surgery. It explains what you need to do to get ready.
DVD: Inside your patient handbook you will find an educational DVD. Watch it with someone who will be helping care for you after surgery. It covers much of the information in the handbook and more.
Pre-Operative Hip and Knee Replacement classes: These classes are offered every Tuesday and Wednesday at RiverBend Pavilion, adjacent to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. We urge you to attend this one-hour class three to four weeks before your surgery is scheduled. Bring a friend or family member who will be assisting you after surgery. The class covers:
- How to prepare for surgery and what to bring to the hospital
- Daily activities in the hospital
- What to expect when you arrive in your hospital room after surgery
- How to prepare for discharge from the hospital
- Home discharge expectations
Sign up for your pre-operative hip and knee replacement class