Navigating recovery from total knee replacement surgery
Having total joint replacement surgery is a life changing experience. Being mentally prepared for this intensive medical procedure and lengthy rehabilitation process helps people better navigate the journey.
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center offers pre-therapy classes to patients having joint replacement surgery so they are ready for the changes and activities necessary to achieve greater health and mobility. The class covers surgery preparation, inpatient hospital plan of care, and outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation.
James “Jim” Graybill attended the readiness class with his family before his total knee replacement surgery in November, 2016. “The whole process was very informative and helpful,” said Graybill. “The class resources and the support from the hospital and rehabilitation services have been a great help in recovering from knee replacement surgery.”
In the class, rehabilitation therapists explain the importance of exercises and equipment that will help patients recover strength and mobility. “The instructors gave me exercises and handouts that are part of my daily therapy routine,” said Graybill.
Regaining health from total joint replacement (TJR) surgery takes time and effort. “I’m making steady progress, although I’d hoped to be further along,” he said. “It’s been three months, but I understand that full recovery can take up to six months.” Graybill is doing everything he can with therapy and exercises to get him where he wants to be. “I’m looking forward to working with my horse again and being able to get in and out of my fishing boat.”
The classes are having a positive impact on TJR surgery patients. “Our doctors are hearing good things about the classes from their patients,” said Sharon Doty, a clinical nurse educator who teaches the course. “Patients are saying they gained valuable information that helped them through the experience.”
The TJR readiness class was launched in September 2016, and 42 people took the course in the first three months it’s been offered. The classes are taught by a clinical educator and rehabilitation therapists. The 90 minute class is offered every week on Monday mornings at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.
The TJR readiness classes are an important part a comprehensive care for joint replacement treatment model that Legacy Health uses to improve the quality and coordination of care from the hospitalization through recovery that helps patients improve their health.
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