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.

Our Patient Pre-op Education Video can be viewed here.

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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