SECTION I: PREPARING FOR YOUR SURGERY and your hospital stay. You will see a PRE-ADMISSION TESTING AT demonstration of your Constant Passive DAY KIMBALL HOSPITAL Motion (CPM) machine and discuss your plan • During Pre-Admission Testing, you will undergo for care after you leave the hospital. You will a thorough physical examination and a series also have a chance to ask questions. At the of tests, such as x-rays and blood work. You end of the session, you will be familiar with will also meet with an anesthesiology staff the total joint experience. We encourage you member to discuss the type of anesthesia to bring family members, a coach, or a guest that is best for you. to this program. • Day Kimball’s Pre-Admission Testing office • The Joint Academy usually takes place on the will call you to schedule an appointment. third Thursday of every month at 2 pm at the • If you have any questions or if you haven’t Day Kimball Hospital Field Conference Room, heard from the Pre-Admission Testing office located across from the Laboratory. two weeks prior to surgery call 860-963-6419. • The date of your Joint Academy Program • The date for your Pre-Admission Testing is: Class is:______________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ MEDICAL EVALUATION WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN • Your primary care doctor must provide approval for you to undergo surgery. Your orthopedic surgeons’ office will help you to schedule your medical evaluation two to three weeks prior to surgery. • This examination by your primary care physician, in combination with Pre-Admission Testing, is necessary to review your overall health and identify any medical conditions that could interfere with your surgery or recovery. • The date for your evaluation with your Primary Care Physician is:___________________________ THE JOINT ACADEMY OF NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT • The “Joint Academy” is an important one-hour educational program presented by healthcare team members from Day Kimball Hospital and The Center for Bone and Joint Care. • At this hands-on educational group session you will receive information about your surgery
PREPARING YOUR BODY FOR SURGERY It is important that you be in the best possible physical condition for your surgery. A few important steps will help make the road to recovery smoother. Physical Therapy: Whenever possible your
doctor will order a physical therapy evaluation prior to surgery in order to instruct you on the proper use of crutches and/or a walker and to determine what, if anything, can be done to improve your body strength prior to surgery. This evaluation will identify exercises that will increase your strength and endurance.
A Patient Guide to Total Joint Replacement