Patient Education

The more you know about your condition and our services, the better equipped you will be to make informed decisions about your healthcare needs. Whether you’re preparing for joint replacement surgery, trying to quit smoking or wanting to learn more about how diabetes can affect orthopedic problems, we offer educational resources to help.

Preoperative Joint Replacement Class

Preparing for joint replacement surgery can be overwhelming. Our Online Preoperative Joint Replacement Class covers everything you need to know, from exercises to strengthen your body before surgery and what to expect at the hospital, to rehabilitation and long-term joint care.

Choose from these class options:

  • Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday or Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Every 2nd and 4th Monday or Wednesday of the month, 5:30 pm to 7 pm
  • Every Tuesday, 9 am to 10:30 am
  • Every Thursday, 12:30 pm to 2 pm
  • Classes in Spanish, every Tuesday, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Register for an Online Preoperative Joint Replacement Class session

View our joint replacement surgery booklet. (en Español)

We also offer these informative videos.

 

Let’s Kick It!

One of the best things you can do to keep your bones, joints and muscles healthy is to quit smoking. Smokers may be more vulnerable to fractures and soft tissue injuries, osteoporosis and poor wound healing. Surgery comes with a higher risk of complications for smokers, and recovery can take much longer than for non-smokers.

We encourage our patients to quit smoking before surgery. Ask your provider about our resources to help you kick the habit. (en Español)

Diabetes and Orthopedic Care

Diabetes affects a growing number of Americans, and this disease can cause many orthopedic problems. These include:

  • Charcot joint, a condition in which nerve damage causes the joint to deteriorate. It most commonly affects the feet.
  • Diabetic hand syndrome, which causes the skin on the hand to become thick and waxy, limiting finger movement.
  • Osteoporosis, which causes bones to weaken and become prone to fractures.
  • Osteoarthritis, a condition that results from the cartilage between joints wearing down, causing pain and stiffness.
  • DISH (Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis), or Forestier disease, that causes tendons and ligaments to harden. It most commonly affects the spine.

Learn more about managing diabetes.

Content Hub

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