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The Joint Replacement Program

The Joint Replacement Program began 'Joint Class' in October 2010 at Watauga Medical Center. The class provides pre-op education to patients and their "coach" and takes approximately one hour. 

The "coach" is the patient's primary caregiver during the recovery period. It is important that the coach, as well as the patient, know what to expect before, during and after surgery. Knowing what the patient will be experiencing after surgery and during physical and occupational therapy will allow the coach to provide support and encouragement to the patient.

The class focuses on patients having hip and knee replacement surgery and provides an opportunity for patients and their coaches to ask questions.

Patients are scheduled for a class a few days (up to 10 days) prior to their scheduled surgery date. Staff representing nursing, anesthesia, physical and occupation therapy and discharge planning teach the class. Preparing for surgery is key to a smooth recovery process.

If you are scheduled for joint replacement surgery at Watauga Medical Center, please click here to download the Joint Replacement Guide.

For more information, contact Joan Messner.