Ortho Services

Joint Class

Joint Class at Coliseum Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Northside Hospital is a program devoted to a successful joint replacement surgery and recovery. Joint problems are most often caused by osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, or from sports/repetitive use injuries. Most people find that the pain caused by joint problems gradually increases as time goes by, and they begin to give up active pursuits a little bit at a time.

The goal of the Joint Class is to give patients the knowledge and tools to make the transition from hospital to recovery, a smoother process. This process begins prior to surgery, when patients attend an educational session at Coliseum Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Northside Hospital. The advantage to providing education in a group environment is that some patients ask questions that others might not have thought to ask. A unique feature of the Joint Class is that each patient is encouraged to choose a rehabilitative “coach.” This person can be a family member or friend, who will attend the pre-surgery education sessions with the patient and help the patient through rehabilitation.

Patients will learn about their surgery, what to bring to the hospital, what's going to happen in the operating room, what they will experience each day and how their pain will be controlled. They will learn up front what to expect and also what is expected of them. A home strengthening program is given to each patient to prepare them for surgery. These exercises condition the arms and legs, and are designed to build up muscle groups that help with mobility, temporary use of a walker or crutches, standing up and getting out of bed. Patients are then admitted for surgery and group rehabilitation begins the day after surgery is completed.

Joint Classes are offered at Coliseum Northside Hospital for patients who are going to have joint replacement surgery at Coliseum Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Northside Hospital. This class is offered weekly and is designed to prepare you and your family for surgery, recovery, rehabilitation and to initiate comprehensive discharge planning. You will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with a variety of skilled, enthusiastic health care professionals who are committed to supporting the surgical excellence at Coliseum Northside Hospital. All patients scheduled for Arthroplasty (hip and knee) joint replacement surgery are EXPECTED to attend this one and a half hour session. Thank you in advance for helping our program work for you. Our staff looks forward to caring for you throughout your pathway towards recovery. For more information and reservations, call 478-757-6021.

For more information on the services offered at Coliseum Northside’s Orthopaedic Center, call (478) 757-6085.