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3rd Annual Health Splash Health Fair – June 8th
3rd Annual Health Splash Health Fair – June 8th

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has partnered with The Williams YMCA of Avery County to host its 3rd annual Health Splash event on June 8, 2016, at the Sloop Medical Of [ ... ]

Watauga Medical Center Earns 'A' Grade for Patient Safety in April 2016 Hospital Safety Score
Watauga Medical Center Earns 'A' Grade for Patient Safety in April 2016 Hospital Safety Score

New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care [ ... ]

Hospital Focuses on Care for Hospice Patients Thanks to Operation Pocket Change
Hospital Focuses on Care for Hospice Patients Thanks to Operation Pocket Change

Thanks to a grant from Mountain Electric Cooperative called Operation Pocket Change, Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital now has two patient rooms intentionally designed  [ ... ]

Cancer Support Group
May 04, 2016
02:00AM - 03:00PM
Cancer Support Group
May 11, 2016
02:00AM - 03:00PM
Basic Life Support Class
May 17, 2016
06:00PM - 09:30PM
Rape, Agression & Defense Training
May 23, 2016
05:00PM - 09:00PM

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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