The MCH Joint Care Center is a comprehensive program, designed specifically for patients wishing to have elective hip or knee replacement surgery. The goal of the program is to return patients to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
To do this, the Joint Care Center at MCH is focused on collaboration, education and support. In fact, education starts well before surgery with a pre-op education class where patients can learn what to expect before, during and after surgery.
The education helped Lu Cleere, Ector County Independent School District teacher of the visually impaired, as she prepared to have her right knee replaced.
“It helped a lot to come to the training meeting,” Cleere said. “They walked through a lot of what to expect. What to expect going into surgery, what to expect coming out of surgery, what kind of therapy to expect and what the process awards would be like.”
The program is built around group activities and support so no patient feels alone in the process. The support team includes therapists, doctors, and nurses, the patients’ family and other patients.
Patients’ family and friends serve as “Coaches” during the recovery process to then encourage the patients during the exercise program after going home. Volunteers also serve as coaches for patients who do not have family or friends to assist them.
Patients participate in group physical therapy and meals with other patients who are also recovering. With a structured program and support, the goal is for patients to have a good experience and fast recovery. The first steps taken after surgery will help patients get one step closer to going home.
“I was well pleased with the staff at Medical Center and their attentiveness to my needs and adapting their norm to my needs,” Cleere said. “Every patient is different, and they very well understand that.”