It happens to the best of us. On your last run, something in your knee just gave out and you had to limp home. Your primary care provider says that really WILL be your last run, unless you get a complete knee replacement. What is your next step?
Do your research
Learn everything you can about your joint condition. What is the name of your condition? How severe is it? What are the usual treatment options? People with more information tend to feel less anxious and better able to be proactive in their treatment. Just make sure that your information comes from reliable sources – the Internet can be your best friend or your worst enemy, sometimes both at once. Talk to your health care provider and ask questions. Make sure that your information is correct, and see what he or she can add. Then you can make an informed decision about joint surgery. If you and your health care provider decide that surgery is best for you, then your next step is to enroll in one of Eastern Connecticut Health Network’s Joint Effort preoperative educational classes.
A Joint Effort
ECHN offers a two-hour workshop for individuals scheduled to have total or partial hip or knee replacement surgery, and for people even considering having this type of surgery. During this class, staff from ECHN’s orthopedic, nursing, care management, and physical therapy specialties will explain to you, step by step, what will happen on surgery day, what your options are for recovery care and pain management, and what the rehabilitation process will look like.
You can share any concerns you may have in the class, and have questions answered. Individuals who might be helping you after surgery are encouraged to come, too. Knowing what to expect can make the whole process easier and less intimidating.
Your unique joints
Joint replacement is an individualized process at ECHN. Your joint replacement team can find the most appropriate joint replacement technique for you, make sure you have all the information you need, and provide a post-surgery rehabilitation program that is designed to meet your needs and your lifestyle. You can lead a functional, active life after a joint replacement, with a program to help you restore function, mobility and strength to the affected joint and the muscles surrounding it. Having a professional, compassionate team of caregivers will be an asset to your new joint and your peace of mind.
ECHN Joint Effort registration
You can register for ECHN’s Joint Effort workshop by visiting www.echn.org/Calendar
and entering “Joint Effort” in the search bar, or by calling 860.533.6550.
Calendar. Program Description, Joint Effort Program. Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Accessed April 19, 2013. https://www.echn.org/Calendar/Event-Details.aspx?CalendarEventID=730&CalEventInstID=6183&froms=1.
Sport, Rehabilitation and Joint Services. “Joint Replacement Center.” Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Accessed April 15, 2013. www.echn.org/Service-Directory/Musculo-Skeletal-Institute-of-Eastern-Connecticut/Joint-Replacement-Center.aspx
Surgery. “Orthopedic Surgery.” Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Accessed April 16, 2013. http://www.echn.org/Service-Directory/Surgery/Orthopedic-Surgery.aspx
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