• Preparing for Surgery

  • Patient information:
    At the San Antonio Regional Hospital Joint Replacement Center, we partner together with our patients in order to achieve the outcome they desire.

    The expectations for a JRC patient is that you:

    • Have a designated ‘coach’ (spouse, partner, son, daughter, friend) who will:
      • Be at your bedside after surgery to participate in physical therapy treatments and at home with you after discharge
      • Attend the Joint Replacement Class with your coach 2-4 weeks prior to surgery
    • Have a discharge plan in place (i.e.: a coach who will be with you after discharge; if you live in 2-story house, you may need to create a temporary bedroom downstairs, etc.)
    • Most patients go home the day after their surgery; the goal is for you to transition to your own home environment after surgery
      • Studies show that going home after surgery:
        • Reduces the risk of infection
        • Allows you to sleep better
        • Being around your family and friends can be an incredible motivator
    • You are a healthy individual having elective surgery; you should think of yourself as being ‘healthy’, not ‘sick’ while in the hospital and at home after discharge
      • After surgery, you will not be on bedrest; you will be ambulating the day of surgery and up in chair for meals

    The Total Joint Class is mandatory for our total joint patients and their coach:

      • Classes are held the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month and are taught by the Orthopedic Nurse Navigator and a Physical Therapy team member
      • Spanish classes are scheduled on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month and are taught by an Orthopedic Certified registered nurse
      • Patients and coaches learn how to prepare for surgery, what to expect at the hospital, and after they go home. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions at class and to call the orthopedic nurse navigator for any questions or concerns pre-op and post-discharge