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Weekly Preoperative Joint Class

The Clinical Program Specialists for Orthopedics at Indiana University Health North Hospital offer a weekly one-time class to patients who have been officially scheduled for joint replacement or reconstructive surgeries. This class prepares patients for what to expect before, during and after hip/knee surgeries. The instructors discuss topics such as:

• Precautions
• Incision Care
• Pain Management
• Safe Exercises
• Nutrition
• Pre Surgery Prep
• Post Surgery Care

Your Care Team

We take pride in the team of experts that works together to help you through the surgery process at IU Health North Hospital. These individuals will be available throughout your journey here to answer questions, resolve issues or simply lend an ear of support.

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
    Orthopedic surgeons are experts in the care and repair of bones, muscles and rehabilitation. The orthopedic surgeon makes the call on what surgical procedure to recommend to the patient. The surgeon is responsible for the care of the patient while they are in the hospital and sees the patient for a follow-up appointment soon after they leave the hospital.
     
  • Hospitalist
    Hospitalists are specialized physicians who are here to manage the patient's care when the surgeon is not on the premises. Hospitalists staff the hospital 24-hours a day; 7 days a week so there is always a physician available for any emergency. The hospitalist acts as an intermediary between the patient, the primary care physician and the surgeon.
     
  • Orthopedic Team
    There are specific specialty teams at IU Health North Hospital who will help manage the patient's care while they're here. The team consists of nursing staff members and surgical technologists staffed in the operating rooms and the nursing staff members in the PACU and the postoperative floor. It is the goal of this team to communicate with each other so optimal care and consideration is offered to all patients.
     
  • Case Manager
    The Case Manager will work with the patient, family, health care team and the insurance provider to help ensure all the patient's health care needs are met. Case Managers will assist the patient and family members with discharge planning or coordinating post-hospital services for when the patient goes home.
     
  • Respiratory Therapists
    These therapists work together with a multi-disciplinary team to help evaluate, treat and care for patients with many types of medical disorders and diseases.
     
  • Physical Therapists
    Physical Therapists are highly trained professionals who will guide you in your exercises before and after surgery.  You will be seen by Physical Therapy the day of surgery and twice daily thereafter.
     
  • Chaplains
    A hospital stay can be a stressful time. Our certified chaplains work with the health care team to minimize stress and provide for the spiritual and emotional needs for patients and families. Patients interested in speaking to a chaplain should let their nurse know, and the nurse will contact the chaplain.
     
  • Social Worker
    The Social Worker offers counseling, emotional support and instruction to meet the family's psychological and practical needs.
     
  • Pharmacists
    These experts prepare medications and monitor you for adverse effects, allergies and possible interactions with drugs and food.
     
  • Patient Discharge and Education Nurse
    This nurse educates patients on self care for when they go home.