S.R.H.S. Announces New Education Program for Joint Replacement Patients

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 6/27 2:12 pm
Singing River Health System (S.R.H.S.) and Bienville Orthopedic have launched the Total Joint Education Program called Joints in Motion to begin the process of educating joint replacement surgery patients earlier and reduce re-admissions related to surgery.

A committee has been working on a program that best suits the patients’ needs, covers all the major questions and concerns up front, and makes the transition from surgery to post-operative care an easier one.

The main component to this program is an education class that the patients are invited to attend before their surgery. The class is for the patient and their care partner and explains in detail what can be expected before, during and after total joint replacement surgery. The class teaches you about the surgery itself and recovery. Participants will also get to review pre and post-operative exercises and will medical adaptive equipment, such as walkers.

When deciding to go ahead with hip and knee joint replacement with a physician at Bienville, the class dates and times will be discussed with the patient. They are held weekly on Tuesdays and rotate between Pascagoula and Ocean Springs locations. Those who are considering joint replacement and want more information are also invited to help give them the best information possible when making this decision.

“We feel that patients will be more comfortable with their surgery procedures and be more active participants in the process if we, as the health care providers, can educate them before the surgery,” said Dr. John Drake, orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. “A team of doctors, nurses, surgery staff, rehab professionals, social workers, and more have been working diligently on this program for more than eight months, and we are confident it will meet its goal of making this whole process go more smoothly for our patients.”

Attendees of the class can expect discussion of the upcoming procedure, including pre-operative visit, surgical procedure and hospital stay; explanation of how to prevent post-operative complications; and preparation for taking an active role in discharge planning and post-operative rehabilitation. The main goal is to decrease any fears and anxiety about total joint replacement surgery by providing all the information up front and preparing patients for surgery as much as possible by helping them understand their roles as active participants in their recovery and rehabilitation. Education is the key.

“Singing River Health System is a leading provider in MS for Total Hip and Knee replacements and we continue to improve our program to meet the needs of our patients,” said Shannon Barlow, director of surgical services at S.R.H.S. “Adding the Joints In Motion Education class pre-operatively not only helps prepare our patients, but also gives them the opportunity to meet members of our team and ask any questions they may have regarding their procedure.”

Joint replacement is typically done for patients who are experiencing arthritic pain or have a damaged joint. The most common reason to have a joint replacement surgery is to relieve severe arthritis pain that is limiting your activities. Total joint replacement is considered when you have tried and failed more conservative treatments, yet you continue to have significant pain, stiffness, or problems with the function of your hip, knee, shoulder or other joints.

Right now, the Total Joint Education Program is for hip and knee replacement surgery patients. They are working to offer this to shoulder replacement patients in the near future.

When the new three-story tower opens at Ocean Springs Hospital, joint replacement patients will be cared for in their own specific area, allowing a dedicated joint team to care for their post-surgery needs.

To register for the class or talk to someone about more details, contact the Total Joint Program Coordinator at 228-818-2003. For details on the classes and to see the education information related to joint care visit mysrhs.com.

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