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Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists adds new providers
Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists adds new providers

In an effort to improve access to healthcare in the High Country, Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists (ARIMS), a member of Appalachian Regional Medical Associat [ ... ]

Dr. Charles Baker inducted into Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha
Dr. Charles Baker inducted into Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha

In the High Country, few men are held in higher regard than Dr. Charles Baker. The kindhearted physician, who began practicing medicine in Avery County more than 30 years ago, [ ... ]

Dream fulfilled: Pet therapy team inspires hope at healthcare system
Dream fulfilled: Pet therapy team inspires hope at healthcare system

Few people in life actually end up living out their childhood dreams. For no fault of their own, circumstances change and reality hits causing adolescent aspirations to be aba [ ... ]

Patrons Evening Gala
Jun 25, 2016
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Basic Life Support Skills Check Session
Jun 28, 2016
06:00PM - 07:00PM
Heartsaver CRP/AED Skills Check
Jun 28, 2016
07:00PM - 07:30PM
First Aid Skills Check Session
Jun 28, 2016
07:30PM - 08:00PM

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Joint Replacement Guide

The Joint Replacement Program educates patients on what to expect before, during and after a joint replacement surgery at Watauga Medical Center. Patients meet with their recovery period primary caregiver for approximately one hour. Classes focus on those patients who are having hip and knee replacement surgery and provide an opportunity for patients and their coaches to ask questions.

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.

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 occupational therapy and discharge planning teach the class. Preparing for surgery is key to a smooth recovery process.


Joint Replacement Guide

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



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