While a joint replacement is a procedure that is performed regularly, many patients (and their at-home caregivers) do not realize how much effort and time, as well as how many resources, go into recovery efforts after a joint replacement surgery.
Canopy Health’s goal is to educate all joint replacement patients and their caregivers on what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. This type of education creates a healthier and more informed Bay Area. Marin General Hospital (a care center that is part of the Canopy Health alliance) offers an interactive and informative session twice a month about what to expect before, during, and after a joint replacement.
What to Expect in a Joint Replacement Class
Taught by Marin General Hospital’s Orthopedic Program Coordinator, the Joint Replacement Class combines the knowledge of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. With step-by-step descriptions of the joint replacements, the class uses visual aids, anatomical models, and actual joint implants to educate patients and assist them in understanding the process and developing skills for successful rehab.
Topics that are covered in the class include:
- Anatomy of the joint
- Anesthesia procedures
- What to expect during your hospital stay
- Pain management after surgery
- Blood clot and infection prevention
- Medical devices to aid in recover (such as foot pumps to increase circulation and incentive spirometers to help keep lungs clear during recovery)
- Prevention of blood infusion
- Physical therapy exercises
- Occupational therapy devices
Join Us for a Joint Replacement Class
If you are preparing for a full or partial joint replacement, we’d love the chance to meet and educate you! Joint Class sessions will be held the first and third Wednesdays of every month throughout 2017. Classes will take place in the Magnolia Room at Marin General Hospital, located at 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, CA. You can direct your patients to Marin General Hospital’s website for class dates and to register online. Class registration can also be done by calling 415-925-8299.
As part of Canopy Health’s expansive network of specialties, caregivers, and facilities, you have the option to send your patients to dozens of specialists and care centers within the network to get comprehensive information about procedures and other health and wellness initiatives. The unique makeup of Canopy Health’s expansive network of physicians, specialists, and care centers affords us the opportunity to provide better care to all patients and their families.