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Education: Pre-Op Class

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The general principle of the pre-operative class is to educate patients before surgery to make their recovery easier. Pre-op class is intended to take the "mystery" out of the surgical and hospital experience. Patients are informed of everything from what to bring to the hospital, to how their leg will feel during the different phases of recovery. They are taught exercises, how to use walking devices such as crutches and canes, and how to use adaptive equipment to help with showering and dressing. Patients are encouraged to use these devices in class to become comfortable with their use prior to surgery.

We have found that it is easier for patients and their families to learn in a classroom setting with other patients undergoing the same type of procedures. Patients and family are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the staff.

By taking the mystery out of what is going to happen to them, testing their ability with walking and adaptive equipment and giving an in depth explanation of the peri-operative period, our patients are able to safely return home in 24-48 hours after surgery.

In pre-op class we cover:

  • Pre-hospitalization procedures including blood donation, clearance by Internal Medicine doctor, signing of consents, and time of arrival at hospital on surgery date.
  • Pre-operative skin cleansing and care.
  • Complete explanation of basic joint replacement surgery. Visualization of hip model. Hands on joint replacement components to examine weight, texture and fit to bone.
  • Pre-operative medication planning. When to stop anti-inflammatories and aspirin containing medications. Explanation of what over the counter medications and alternative medications to avoid.
  • Hospital admission procedure. Where to report for surgery, who will greet you and help prepare you for your operation. What time to report to the hospital.
  • Limb identification for insuring correct surgery on day of operation.
  • Approximate time the surgery will take. Where your family can wait comfortably for you during your operation.
  • Anesthesia. What type is used. Reduction of side effects with epidurals.
  • Post operative feelings in the leg, and how your leg will feel at different times during recovery.
  • How often, and how to correctly ice and elevate your leg after surgery.
  • Bowel protocol to avoid constipation both before and after surgery.
  • Foods to incorporate into your diet for the benefit of healing and blood rejuvenation.
  • Wound care.
  • Follow-up phone calls and appointments and when you will be expected to return to the clinic.

We encourage pre-op class attendance 2 weeks prior to surgery. Your family may attend with you.

To sign up for class call 323-442-9081.

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