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Joint Effort Program

Walking rehabilitation

Most people do not consider surgery a pleasant experience. However, joint replacement surgery can be a positive experience that helps you feel better and move more easily after your recovery.

The team of the Joint Effort Program at Palmetto Health on the Baptist campus provides the highest quality of care. We want you to be a part of this team, which is why we recommend attendance at our monthly class. We believe that being well informed about your surgery will improve your recovery. 

Our Monthly Class
You and family members or individuals who will participate in your care are encouraged to attend the monthly Joint Effort class before your surgery. Register for the class by contacting Care Call (803-296-CARE [2273]). During the class, members of the Joint Effort team will discuss the activities you need to participate in prior to and on the day of admission. The team will offer information on:

  • Making health care decisions, advance directives
  • OR/PACU procedures
  • Physical and occupational therapies
  • Preoperative exercises
  • Nursing care, including postoperative routines and use of equipment
  • Pain management
  • Continuum of care and discharge planning with social worker
  • Sexual activity and total joint replacements

 

THE JOINT EFFORT TEAM MEMBERS 

Bring your questions!
Palmetto Health Baptist partners with experienced surgeons from Midlands Orthopaedics, PA, as well as Dr. Evan Ekman, Dr. Richard McCain, and Dr. Kevin Nahigian.Your surgeon can answer any questions about the joint replacement procedure. 

The Patient
You and your spouse/significant other/family members are important parts of the team. Taking the time to learn about your health will aid in your recovery.

The Orthopaedic Case Manager/Social Worker
To collaborate with you on your recovery plan, the case manager or social worker will discuss your home situation, including personal support, physical barriers (stairs, bathroom arrangements, etc.), and usual level of function. Your plan may include home care arrangements, transfer to a transitional unit in the hospital, or arrangements for extended care. The case manager or social worker is available to answer questions during the entire process.

Nursing Staff
You will be cared for by registered nurses and other multi-skilled workers who are committed to quality, individualized care. Nurses attending you after your surgery are specialists in orthopedic care. The staff will assist you with personal care activities, such as bathing, toileting, and position changes. These professionals will also assist with pain management, care of your surgical site, bowel function, walking, and other issues related to your recovery.

Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapists provide training and recommend equipment for your independence in your activities of daily living (ADLs). They will assess your physical capabilities and limitations. They will determine need for assistive equipment, such as a raised toilet, toilet rails, reachers, sock-aids, and tub benches.

Physical Therapists
Physical therapists focus primarily on developing your independence by increasing your ability to move the surgical joint. Improving your general endurance also is essential. Your therapist will help you get out of bed on the day after surgery and will establish an individualized exercise plan for you. The therapist also will instruct you in proper walking techniques to ensure your safety and to protect the new joint while it heals.

Home Care
A homecare agency may become part of the team after hospital discharge to assist with your recovery if you need further therapy or skilled nursing care.

For more information about the Joint Effort Program, please call 803.296.2230.