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Getting to Know Us

Getting to Know Us
There are a number of people that you will meet and services that we will provide to you throughout the course of your surgical experience, including,

Nursing and Support Staff
You will meet nurses, care partners, technicians and other support staff members in every phase of your care. From Pre-Admission Testing, Same-Day Surgery, Operating Room, Recovery Room and the Total Joint unit, the staff is here to ensure you receive excellent care.

Anesthesia and Pain Control
Prior to your surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist to review your medical history and plan the most appropriate anesthetic to meet your individual needs. Please make sure to tell them of any anesthesia experiences you've had in the past. The anesthesia used can be any of the following: Spinal, epidural, general, regional nerve block, or a combination of any of the above. Your anesthesiologist will formulate the best and most appropriate medication regimen to control your pain. Medications may be administered by oral or intravenous routes or via an epidural or peripheral nerve catheter or any combination thereof. Rest assured, your comfort is our top priority, and your anesthesiologist will see you after surgery to assess your pain and side effects and adjust your treatments accordingly.

Physical Therapy
The therapist will help you with an exercise program. You will be given exercises to do before surgery. After surgery, the therapist will see you every day in the hospital, supervising your walking and reinforcing your exercises. Physical therapy continues when you leave the hospital, either in a rehabilitation facility or as an outpatient.

You may have x-rays taken of the chest and/or joint area before surgery.

Case Management
Discharge planning begins prior to admission and continues throughout your hospital stay. Case management can arrange for walkers and commodes, and transportation home. Home care with a registered nurse and physical therapy can also be planned as per your insurance benefits. When you are no longer homebound, your physical therapy will continue as an outpatient according to your doctor's orders. Rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility can be arranged if you need it.