Total Joint Advantage

What is Total Joint Advantage?

Total Joint is a comprehensive education and rehabilitation program for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Participating can both ease the anxiety one may experience prior to joint replacement surgery and accelerate the rehabilitation process, enabling a timely return to an active lifestyle. 

Total Joint Advantage is a unique program that incorporates a team approach to treatment following a patient from the time he or she elects to undergo joint replacement surgery all the way through rehabilitation. The patient's joint replacement surgeon, primary doctor, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, joint coordinator plus the patient's family are all involved in his or her preparation and progress. This support system is further strengthened by coordinating the education and rehabilitation of a number of patients simultaneously undergoing joint replacement surgery.

 

The Hospital Stay

Following joint replacement surgery, you will get up and walk the very next day. As a participant in Total Joint Advantage, you will have the opportunity to wear your own clothes after the joint replacement surgery rather than a hospital gown and will attend twice daily group therapy sessions while in the hospital. Sharing the rehabilitation process with others in similar situations is motivating and has been shown to aid in healing.

Post Joint Replacement Surgery

You should expect to be discharged approximately 2-3 days after joint replacement surgery. Your Total Joint Advantage Team will prepare you to safely return home; and schedule your Rehabilitation. You and your family will receive complete instructions on medications, follow-up care and your exercise/therapy program. Your joint coordinator will be in contact to monitor your post joint replacement surgery progress.

The Outcome

For patients suffering from severe arthritis, joint replacement surgery can be life-changing. Participating in the St. Bernards Total Joint Advantage in Jonesboro, Arkansas can make the entire joint replacement surgery experience less frightening and facilitate a faster recuperation, restoring you to a more active level of activity.

Getting Started

Before your joint replacement surgery, you will be scheduled for a Total Joint Education Class. You'll receive information on the joint replacement surgery itself, what you can expect during your hospital stay, and have the opportunity to view equipment, discuss treatments and therapies, and meet representatives from nursing and rehabilitation services. You will then be given a pre joint replacement surgery exercise program. Any necessary lab work*, x-rays and pre-admission testing will be scheduled at this time.

* If your doctor sends you to a different lab for additional testing, please bring your lab reports with you to the education class. This will help speed up the admission process.

Your Support

You're welcome to bring along a family member or friend who will assume the role of "coach" through your joint replacement surgery preparation and rehabilitation. Your coach should be available to accompany you to the Total Joint Education Class and post-operative therapy sessions, as well as assist you at home throughout your recovery. Your coach will serve as your primary support encouraging you, monitoring your progress and helping you resume normal activity.

Your Joint Coordinator

Your joint coordinator is a nurse who will help organize and schedule your care. You may contact your joint coordinator at (870) 897-2548 before, during and after joint replacement surgery.

Total Joint Advantage is a comprehensive education and rehabilitation program for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Participating can both ease the anxiety one may experience prior to joint replacement surgery and accelerate the rehabilitation process, enabling a timely return to an active lifestyle.

Total Joint Advantage is a unique program that incorporates a team approach to treatment following a patient from the time he or she elects to undergo joint replacement surgery all the way through rehabilitation. The patient's joint replacement surgeon, primary doctor, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, joint coordinator plus the patient's family are all involved in his or her preparation and progress. This support system is further strengthened by coordinating the education and rehabilitation of a number of patients simultaneously undergoing joint replacement surgery.

Meet your Joint Coordinator

 

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