Because you will be on a dedicated unit with other Joint Academy participants, you'll find an environment of encouragement and camaraderie as you all work toward improving your mobility and function with your new pain free joint(s).
You will enjoy the benefits of both individualized therapy and group therapy. The individualized therapy will allow our staff to focus on any specific challenges you may be having, but it is the group therapy that you will look forward to and enjoy the most. The dynamics of this group will allow for relationships to develop over the course of your short hospital stay. Patients encourage and push each other to regain mobility and function.
One of the main reasons our patients do so well is that we do not treat you like you are sick. We certainly realize that your total joint surgery is a significant event in your life and that it is to be taken very seriously - but at the same time it is very important for you get up and get going as soon as you are medically capable of doing so. With that in mind - mobility and rehabilitation are the focus of your inpatient stay.
Each person's recovery follows its own schedule. You may need an assistive device for a few weeks after the operation. You can drive a car in 2-4 weeks. Most people gradually increase in their activities and can slow dance in 6-8 weeks, and play golf, doubles tennis, shuffleboard, or bowl in 12 weeks. More active sports, such as singles tennis and jogging, are not recommended.
Most of our patients are able to be discharged after their fourth day in the hospital. In the event that you are not ready for discharge or cannot be discharged to home there is no reason to worry. Our staff's primary concern is your safe discharge to a setting that will facilitate your continued recovery and eventual return home.
Home Health Care and Outpatient Physical Therapy are among the services available through Lourdes after you have been discharged.
To learn more about the Lourdes Joint Academy, please call 607-321-2748.