Patient education

Pre-surgery Class "Coasting to Recovery" to Prepare You for Success

Patient education before surgery has been found to be one of the best ways to ensure a patient's successful surgery and rehabilitation. The Joint Replacement Destination Center at Bay Area Hospital requires patients who are scheduled for knee or hip replacement surgery to attend a free pre-operative class.

Patients who attend will receive printed material with information that they can keep, while in the hospital and after they are discharged.

In these classes, patients learn the steps they will go through before, during and after surgery. They will be instructed in pre-surgery preparation in preventing surgical risks, pain management, learn joint anatomy, be taught what to expect during the hospital stay, and instructors will offer suggestions for a successful rehabilitation and recovery. Patients learn exercises they can begin doing to get stronger before surgery and they learn how to prepare their home for a safer rehabilitation. For example, removing throw rugs and adding grab bars can help prevent accidents.

A coach (family member or friend) who will help support you in the process is expected to attend the class with you. An educated support person is a key component in your successful recovery.

All classes are held at the Bay Area Hospital on the Post-Surgical Unit in Room 361, at 1775 Thompson Road in Coos Bay.

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