Before Your Joint Replacement Surgery
Once your joint replacement surgery has been scheduled, you will receive a written copy of your Clinical Pathway. This flexible guideline will help you and your family understand the process of your treatment and anticipate your needs during recovery. Your care team will review the plan at each critical stage and make any necessary adjustments to make sure your goals are being met.
There is also an assessment of both you and your home environment. This will include a strengthening program to help you be in the best physical shape possible for your joint replacement surgery and recovery program.
Pre-Op Educational Video
We know that the best patient is the most informed patient. Research shows that patients who learn about the surgery process before going through it are less anxious about the surgery and recovery, and often experience better outcomes.
The following video will give you and your caregiver a preview of the steps in your surgical journey, including:
- Home preparation
- Caregiver needs
- Preparing for surgery
- Surgery risks
- Surgery and recovery
Prior to your joint replacement surgery, you may speak with an EvergreenHealth care manager regarding your home-care needs as well as the type and frequency of physical therapy that will be most beneficial.
Your care manager will consult with your physician, nurses and physical therapist to make sure you have access to any needed equipment and/or assistance with activities of daily living.
Three-to-ten days before your joint replacement surgery, a registered nurse from our Pre-op Clinic will call to evaluate your health. The nurse will:
- Review your medical history and order any necessary lab or X-ray tests.
- Provide instruction for eating, drinking and medication prior to surgery; for post-op pain management; and any procedure-specific instructions.
- Schedule a visit for selected patients to the Pre-op Clinic or a specialty physician.
This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have prior to your surgery.
Your Surgery Preparation Calendar
Our surgery preparation calendar will help you prepare for both your joint replacement surgery and your recovery.
Surgery Preparation Calendar